Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition against Community Care Cuts

January 19, 2011

DPAC was asked to help circulate this for HAFCAC

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No happy new year for local disabled and older people in Hammersmith & Fulham and across the country!

Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition against Community Care Cuts (HAFCAC) is sending a New Year’s card to all of Hammersmith & Fulham Councillors, local Members of Parliament, residents and supporters. It is sent to register our opposition to the devastating cuts proposed by both government and local councils.

 

The New Year brings only fear and justified concern that our right as disabled people to live independent lives can no longer be taken for granted. The government, along with local Councils, is making some of the severest cuts ever to take place in benefits and social care support and services. All of which will reduce the ability of disabled people and older people, their families and carers to manage on a day to day basis.

Kevin Caulfield, Chairperson of HAFCAC said:

“These cuts have nothing to do with fairness. They are reckless. Disabled people are now experiencing being doubly penalized, as we are targeted in a disproportionate and discriminatory way by both central and local government.

Hammersmith & Fulham’s budget proposals for 2011- 2014 outline million of pounds worth of cuts in the adult social care budget. See HAFCAC website http://www.hafcac.org.uk

Our Happy New Year card highlights a recent report which states:

“Many disabled people in Britain are living socially isolated, cash-strapped lives and struggling to participate in normal activities.”

Life Opportunities Survey, Office of National Statistics, December 2010

There is not, even before the cuts, a level playing field in society for disabled people. Statistics show that disabled people and their families are poorer than their peers and have less access to education, training and jobs because of discrimination and barriers in society. Therefore they are generally more reliant on benefits and services than other sections of the population.

Kevin Caulfield said:

“If the main focus of cuts is these very benefits and services then it is inevitable that they can only lead to greater social exclusion. The government says the Big Society is an inclusive society but actions speak louder than words.”

David Cameron wants us to believe we are all in this together.

Yet the Daily Mail critically reported that Nick Johnson, Hammersmith & Fulham’s Council’s interim Housing Director and the Chief Executive of H&F Homes was paid £260,000 in 2009/10  “the highest-paid council-funded official in Britain.”

Also in a month where bankers (who contributed significantly to the financial crisis) are due £7 billion just in bonuses we disagree with the Prime Minister.

The New Year card highlights just some of the cuts to disabled peoples standard of living proposed by the government and Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Join Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition against Community Care Cuts (HAFCAC) and say No to cuts that affect disabled and older people and result in poverty.

They can be contacted at

PO Box 60928, London, W12 8UP

Telephone 07899752877 Type talk 18001 07899752877

Email hafcac@hotmail.co.uk

Web: http://www.hafcac.org.uk

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