About Hammersmith & Fulham Council

Hammersmith & Fulham is one of London's leading councils. We aim to be the best. The council is currently controlled by a Labour Party administration and the Leader of the Council is Councillor Stephen Cowan.

Our Vision

In Hammersmith & Fulham, we do things differently, challenging old-fashioned thinking. We're radically reforming the council to modernise the way services are run and to put money back in residents' pockets.

Ruthless financial efficiency allows us to reduce the burden on residents by cutting or freezing council tax and charges for services.

Our philosopy is to enhance civic life by empowering residents to change their own neighbourhoods for the better. That includes giving residents a leading role in developing policy in public, with the public. We believe that, if we do this, residents themselves can often change things for the better, and do it faster than anyone else.

We want to be a council that acts with compassion so the most vulnerable among us are looked after.

H&F is a connected community that's on the up. There's opportunity here, but the prosperity must be shared by everyone, not just the few. We'll always challenge the unfairness that threatens to leave people behind.

We're ambitious for the borough. We know we'll succeed if we bring people together and work with them to ensure we tackle what holds us back. 

Read the H&F Vision (pdf)

Our priorities

Saving our hospitals and defending local NHS services

We oppose NHS proposals to downgrade Charing Cross hospital and replace it with a 'local hospital' led by GPs on just 13% of the current site. We commissioned Michael Mansfield QC to review the proposals and you can read his report, along with all the work we've been doing to save Charing Cross, on our hospitals page.

Putting our Vision into action

Our Annual Report 2017/18

  • We're the only council in London to have cut, then, frozen council tax over the last four years.
  • We're the only council in the country to abolish home care charges.
  • We have the largest-ever number of council-funded officers on our streets.
  • We're fighting to save Charing Cross hospital
  • We have the largest number of genuinely affordable homes
  • We have more electric vehicle charging points than any other borough
  • We've guaranteed weekly (and in some cases twice weekly) bin collections
  • We were the first council to stop the standard use of glyphosate weedkillers
  • We've run a wide-ranging programme of resident-led commissions on important topics.

Read about this and what else we have been doing in our annual report.

Our Business Plan 2018-22

This document sets out what we're aiming to achieve in the years ahead.

The H&F Business Plan 2018/22 (pdf 133KB)

Democracy in H&F

Our borough is divided into 16 wards. Each of these wards is represented by either two or three elected councillors, bringing the total number of councillors for the borough to 46. Councillors are elected every four years. The composition of the council is currently: Labour 35, Conservative 11.

Our services, strategies and plans

About our borough

Census information - Summaries and detailed statistics on the population of Hammersmith & Fulham, from the 2011 census. The latest estimated population, as at July 2012, is 179,850.

Ward profiles - detailed deomographic information about each of our 16 wards.

The borough profile - provides a dynamic picture of life in H&F and covers the borough’s demographic, social, economic and environmental characteristics in an easy to use graphic-driven format.

H&F Council's statement of accounts - includes annual audit and inspection letters.