Harrow’s ‘meals on wheels’ service is to be expanded to other London boroughs to boost the council’s finances.

The programme, which provides meals to those who struggle to leave the house, has been championed by Harrow Council as a key service for those in need.

According to a council report, it is currently facing a £40,000 budget gap and, to counteract this, the local authority hopes to grow the service to other areas in the capital.

Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council, said: “It is very positive that other boroughs are coming to us to look at how we are operating, and I have confidence that we can deliver to their vulnerable residents.

“This is a service that a lot of people rely on and we will work with other boroughs in an effective way.

“Any profit that comes out of this will then be used to support residents in Harrow.”

An agreement has already been reached with Hammersmith and Fulham to start in April while “discussions are underway” with other boroughs.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, who is responsible for the environment at Harrow Council, said the council is “quite well known” among local authorities in wanting to work across borders.

According to the report, the decision to expand the service was taken due to the “small number of meals” currently being delivered – a situation described as “not financially viable”.