Hammersmith and Fulham Council were the first to remove charges from social ‘care’ in April 2015 after an excellent campaign by Hammersmith and Fulham Coalition against Cuts HAFCAC
Now Hammersmith and Fulham council launch a Disabled People’s Commission, as Kevin Caulfield chair of HAFCAC said at the launch of Inclusion London’s report ‘One year on ‘ report on ILF users after the closure of ILF
If they can do so can others”
Hammersmith & Fulham Council launched 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 and 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
The Commission is expected to complete its work and publish its findings and recommendations for action around May 2017.
See more from Jenny Morris: https://jennymorrisnet.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/something-to-celebrate-story-of.html
See more from HAFCAC http://www.hafcac.org.uk/