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What we do


HAFCAC campaigns in Hammersmith and Fulham to break the link between disabled people and poverty. 
We aim to:

  • Hold local decision makers to account
  • Enable disabled people to influence local decision makers
  • Ensure disabled people are partners in making local policy

Our journey so far has been expertly written up by Jenny Morris
https://jennymorrisnet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/something-to-celebrate-story-of.html

What we have done


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)
  • Ran a successful event for International Day of Disabled People in December 2015 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

What we are doing this year


Encouraging disabled people to vote - we coordinated two days of campaigning on the streets of Hammersmith and Fulham with local disabled people


Ongoing engagement with Hammersmith and Fulham council - ranges from the new Disabled People’s Commission to work on co-production, to developing the work encouraging disabled people to register to vote.


Building the Disabled People’s Organisations network - still in its first year, we’re working to enable this network to grow in influence and confidence.


Interested in helping us with our groundbreaking campaigning work? Please get in touch by clicking here.

HAFCAC News:

One Year On: evaluating the impact of the closure of the Independent Living Fund


The Independent Living Fund (ILF) was shut permanently on 30 June 2015, having been closed to new applications since April 2010. The government transferred the funding to English local authorities initially for one year and then for another four years. However these grants were not ring-fenced so local authorities could spend the money on whatever they liked.


This valuable report by Inclusion London looks at how London boroughs have used the money transferred from the ILF and what’s happening for the people who received them - by definition, people with the highest levels of support needs.


In Hammersmith and Fulham through pro-active action by HAFCAC, Action on Disability and local direct payments recipients, the local authority ring-fenced the funds until 2020. But not all boroughs have done the same - “While a number of councils have made a decision to maintain pre- ILF closure levels of support, others have made substantial cuts…”.


Jenny Morris sums it up in the opening line of the foreword to the report:


“For the first time in the history of modern social policy, we are in danger of going backwards in terms of the support available to disabled people.”

Click here to read full report provided by Inclusion London

 

H&F Council to launch Disabled People’s Commission

Hammersmith & Fulham Council is launching a Disabled People’s Commission as part of its drive to improve services and accessibility for all communities in the borough. 

Too often, disabled people are overlooked when councils are both designing and delivering services. With the launch of its Disabled People’s Commission, H&F will look into the experiences of disabled people in the borough to help make positive changes to increase equality and inclusivity for all those who live in, work in and visit the borough.

Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of the Council, said:

“I want Hammersmith & Fulham to become the most accessible and inclusive borough in London and this new Commission will help show us the way to deliver this vision. 

“As Commission Chair, I know that Tara Flood will draw on her excellent track record in disability campaigning. Tara is also a local resident, with vital first-hand experience of what life is like for disabled people in the borough.

”H&F Council is committed to putting residents at the heart of decision making, doing things with people and not to them. Under Tara’s leadership, I am confident that our Disabled People’s Commission will give disabled people in Hammersmith & Fulham a voice and a platform that they have all too often been denied in the past.” 

Tara Flood, on her appointment as chair of the Commission, said:

“This is an exciting opportunity for Disabled people across the borough to come together and be part of a radical change – a change that will begin to see a new way of doing things – services that are co-produced with Disabled people. Hammersmith & Fulham is a borough that wants to hear what we, as Disabled people, have got to say so I’m really looking forward to chairing the Commission and turning words into action!”

If you are a disabled person who lives or works in Hammersmith and Fulham and would like to be part of the new Commission then please contact Fawad Bhatti at fawad.bhatti@lbhf.gov.uk setting out some details about you, your experience and why you want to be on the Commission. 

It is hoped that we can launch the Commission with a first meeting in early September so please submit any expressions of interest in becoming a Commissioner to Fawad by Wednesday 31 August. The time commitment for Commissioners is expected to be two hourly meetings once a month in Hammersmith Town Hall or other venues around the borough for a period of some 9-10 months.

The Commission is expected to complete its work and publish its findings and recommendations for action around May 2017.

Source: (2016) H&F Council to launch Disabled People’s Commission [online] Available at <https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/articles/news/2016/08/hf-council-launch-disabled-people-s-commission> [Accessed September, 2016].

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: info@hafcac.org.uk