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What is happening with Disability Living Allowances (DLA)?
What is Employment and Support Allowance?
What are the changes to Housing Benefits?
What is Universal Credit?
What is Welfare Reform Act?
What is happening to the Independent Living Fund?
Right to independent living - Disabled people have identified twelve basic rights which must be met before they can assume control of their lives and enjoy equality with non-disabled people . Disabled people who live in Hammersmith and Fulham should be able to lead an independent life through:
Full Access to our Environment
A fully Accessible Transport System
Technical Aids – Equipment
Inclusive Education and Training
An Adequate Income
Equal Opportunities for Employment
Appropriate and Accessible Information
Advocacy (towards Self-Advocacy)
Appropriate and Accessible Heath Care Provision
A Tale of Two Models Disabled People vs Unum, Atos, Government and Disability Charities by Debbie Jolly. This article on the two models of disability is crucial reading as according to Lord Freud, Government Spokesperson, Department for Work and Pensions the government has ‘gone for the biopsychosocial model' of disability, which explains disability in terms of biological, psychological, and social factors, rather than the social model advocated by disabled people.
'The Austerity War and the impoverishment of disabled people' by Chris Edwards. This finds the burden of the cuts to public services is being unfairly shouldered by some of the poorest people in society. Commissioned by Norfolk Coalition of Disabled People (NCODP) the report says the poorest 20% of the 2.7 million households receiving disability benefits will lose 16% of their cash income, plus benefits-in-kind, during the four years up to 2015.
HAFCAC has asked our local MPs to resist closure of the Independent Living Fund. Download our letter to MPs on the ILF in rtf format , and for Greg Hands' response in pdf format . Also available to download is a response from Andy Slaughter
Visit the Public Law Project for lots of good comments about legal action.
Independent Advocacy is available for adults in Hammersmith & Fulham. To find out more about using this service, download the HAFAD leaflet on Independent Advocacy (Word doc)
Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition Against Cuts, ADKC Centre, Whitstable House, Silchester Road , London W10 6SB
Tel: 020 8960 8888 ext 21 SMS (not typetalk) - 07899 752 877 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org