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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. We were originally formed to challenge cuts that are marginalising our communities and targeting the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society. By providing information and challenging the cuts we aim to help break the link between poverty and older and disabled people.

HAFCAC was originally set up to oppose the introduction of charging for community ‘home care’ services and through the legal challenge that we brought in 2009 we sought to keep our Council accountable to local residents. As a result of our continuous campaigning Hammersmith and Fulham Council announced it would abolish charging. This was done in April 2015.

The announcement was made at an event celebrating International Day of Disabled People December 3rd 2014 organised in partnership between HF council and local Disabled People’s Organisations Network (HFDPO) including HAFCAC, Action on Disability and HF Mencap & Safetynet People First.

Council leader Steve Cowan told a room packed full of disabled people and our allies: “The current charge for home care is a tax on disability. There are 1,231 people in H&F 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.” Click here for video and press release.

Over recent years we have extended our remit to include supporting local disabled people to be involved in campaigning against national government cuts which are pushing more and more people into greater poverty and isolation increasing inequality and injustice.

The Independent Living Fund closed on June 30th 2015. The transition of responsibility to local authorities nationally has been patchy with disastrous impacts on disabled people where the transition has gone badly. HAFCAC worked effectively with the Council to encourage them to ring fence the money and maintain the level of funding. We had meetings with the Council and local ILF recipients, both before and after closure. HF Council has now announced that they will protect the money until 2018. We believe also the only Council in England to make such a policy decision.

These are both very positive decisions for disabled people locally. They came about by disabled people campaigning and the Council listening, understanding our concerns and taking action. Well done everyone. HAFCAC is part of a network of disabled people's campaigns and organisations committed to campaigning for disabled people's rights and equalities and to opposing the attacks on disabled people being carried out in the name of austerity.

 

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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