Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts (HAFCAC) is a campaign group led by disabled and older people in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
What we do
HAFCAC campaigns in Hammersmith and Fulham to break the link between disabled people and poverty. Cuts in funding, benefits and support have affected the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society – older and disabled people.
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We work in Hammersmith and Fulham to:
Hold local decision makers to account on issues affecting disabled and older people.
Ensure disabled people are partners in making local policy.
Working positively with organisations that listen.
Our journey so far has been expertly written up by Jenny Morris
HAFCAC has achieved great success so far:
Convinced Hammersmith and Fulham council to stop charging for home care services. This was huge! Hundreds of disabled and older people are better off, often by as much as £30-40 a week.
Enabled the council to protect the essential funding that some local disabled people rely on (previously known as the Independent Living Fund).
Run successful events for International Day of Disabled People (3rd December) in 2014, 2015 and 2016, all attended by 70+ people.
Started the Hammersmith and Fulham Disabled People’s Organisations network - a group of user-led Disabled People’s Organisations working together.
HAFCAC was originally set up to oppose the introduction of charging for community ‘home care’ services.
As a result of the legal challenge that we brought in 2009 and our continuous campaigning, Hammersmith and Fulham Council listened, understood our concerns and took action, announcing it would abolish charging. In Hammersmith and Fulham, charging disabled and older people for their community ‘home care’ services ended in April 2015.
“In a civilised society, I believe home care is something people shouldn’t have to pay for.” Council leader Steve Cowan.
Announcement made at an event celebrating International Day of Disabled People 2014
Council leader Steve Cowan told a room packed full of disabled people and our allies: “There are 1,231 people in Hammersmith and Fulham who need help with everyday tasks that others take for granted, such as having a bath or doing the shopping. That help is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. In a civilised society, I believe home care is something people shouldn’t have to pay for.”
Calling local Disabled residents - register to vote!
A 2017 Electoral Commission survey of disabled voters found that many Disabled people still face barriers to registering to vote and voting. Disabled voters should have access to good information and support to ensure we can cast our votes with the same confidence as non-disabled voters. Click here to read full article.
International Day of Disabled People 2017
Thank you for coming to the celebration of the International Disability Day 2017! It was great to see lots of people there - we hope you enjoyed it. Big thanks to everyone who spoke and our wonderful compere, Liz Bentley. And of course to Hammersmith and Fulham council and Lyric Hammersmith for supporting the event. See some photos please click here.
Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, ADKC Centre, Whitstable House, Silchester Road , London W10 6SB