Prior to the May 2006 elections H&F Conservatives visited a number of local disability groups to say that they would "not introduce home care charges" for the elderly, sick and disabled residents of Hammersmith and Fulham. These groups were told that their services were safe with the Conservatives - they even put that commitment into their manifesto.
Then, less than a year after getting elected, H&F Conservatives announced that they would renege on that promise. They now plan to introduce new home care charges for local elderly, sick and disabled people sometime this year. Many local groups have banded together to form the Hammersmith & Fulham Coalition Against Community Care Cuts (HAFCAC). They’re keen that fellow residents of the borough show their support for their campaign and have asked me to publicise their petition, which you can sign by clicking here.
Readers will recall that H&F Conservatives ended home care for 550 elderly, sick and disabled residents in a highly controversial public meeting last July. They now plan to charge the remaining elderly, sick and disabled local people, who are still in receipt of home care, a staggering £12.40 an hour for this service.