Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition Against Cuts (HAFCAC) is a campaign group led by and for disabled and older people in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.
Cuts in funding, benefits and support have affected the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society – older and disabled people. We are committed to campaigning for disabled people's rights and challenging the cuts. Working together as disabled and older people we can break the link between poverty and older and disabled people by
Holding local decision makers to account
Ensuring disabled people are partners in making local policy
Working positively with organisations that listen
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.
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.”