We want to put you at the heart of decision making in Hammersmith & Fulham. And that is why we have launched nine resident-led commissions to help develop our policies for the borough.
Over the past two years, more than 60 local residents have helped shape the ways we work across the council. We plan to get even more people involved in 2017.
“Our commissions put people at the heart of decision-making and policy in the borough,” said Cllr Stephen Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham Council.
“People who live here, and deal with these issues on a day to day basis, are best placed to tell us what problems need sorting out, and how we can best go about doing that,” he added.
Celebrating our commissioners
An event was held in February 2017, at Hammersmith Town Hall, to officially recognise the great work done by members of the public who have contributed to these commissions.
“The success of these commissions is down to members of the public who have freely given up their time,” said Cllr Mercy Umeh, then Mayor of Hammersmith & Fulham, who hosted the event.
“The work they have put in to produce quality reports, with firm recommendations for action, is a testament to their spirit of community and determination to improve the quality of life for all in this wonderful borough.”
Commissions that have completed their work and reported to the council
- Poverty and Worklessness Commission
Pockets of poverty and unemployment persist in this largely wealthy borough. So the aim of this commission was to establish why this is the case, and to find ways of tackling the problem.
Led by Christina Smyth, it met and spoke with people living in poverty in Hammersmith & Fulham, and reported to the council in the spring.
For more details email Tom Conniffe firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Business Commission
The Business Commission is lead by two successful business people and is working with traders large and small in Hammersmith & Fulham to discover what more the council can do to help them thrive.
Greg Jackson, CEO of Octopus Energy, and Sophie Devonshire, CEO of The Caffeine Partnership, head up a team of business experts who began their work last year. Their report, Upstream, was published in March 2017.
For more details email Peter Smith email@example.com.
- Commission on Airport Expansion
The commission was led by former civil servant Christina Smyth and made up of local residents with a good knowledge of the area and who could assess the impact of any expansion.
The eight-strong commission found a third runway would have a negative impact on the borough.
Chair Christina Smyth, said: “We found that the overall impact of a third runway would be adverse. The risk is that the residents of H&F will pay a heavy price for benefits which are largely elsewhere.”
The commission ran from November 2014 to April 2015 and received more than 100 responses from residents and community groups.
It shaped H&F’s evidence to the Government’s Airports Commission led by Sir Howard Davies.
The report and H&F Council’s submission to the government can be found on our Heathrow expansion web page.
- Residents’ Commission on Council Housing
This commission was created to safeguard the future of council housing in the borough.
The aims were to find ways to protect our council homes and estates for the future, give residents greater control, protect tenants’ rights and keep rents/charges affordable, and to fund improvements.
Rt Hon Keith Hill, the former housing minister who chaired the commission, said: “The greatest tribute must go to our resident members – tenants and leaseholders from the borough – all volunteers, who devoted a vast amount of their time to it.”
The commission recommended the council shift ownership of our council homes to a community gateway housing association.
The commission’s members were: Right Hon Keith Hill (chair), Peter Bevington, Shirley Cupit, Joanne Drew, Paul Ekudo, John Ghazi Quick, Mathias Kulubya, Anthony Mason, Andy Robson, Sofia Saraiva, Kim Shearer, Anthony Wood and Lorna Wynter.
For more details and for the report visit the Residents’ Commission website.
- Air Quality Commission
The commission reported in September 2016 with a raft of suggested actions we can all take to improve the quality of our air.
The commissioners studied official and academic reports and received evidence from residents, community groups, Transport for London, businesses, council officers, politicians, and academics.
It was launched in January 2016 and was made up of six residents.
“We’re looking to be the greenest borough in London and that requires determined and energetic work on behalf of the council, the GLA, the government and residents,” said Rosemary Pettit, chair of the commission.
“We hope we were able to communicate that sense of enterprise and energy we bring to the whole process of getting cleaner air for everyone.”
Some of its recommendations have already been put into action, and others are being looked into.
Read the report on the Air Quality Commission web page.
Commissions that will be reporting to the council in 2017-18
- Disabled People’s Commission
This commission includes 10 disabled people from the borough and is looking at local disabled people’s experiences of living in Hammersmith & Fulham.
The commission will use its findings to inform the council on how to work better with local disabled people in relation to the support and services available locally.
Public events took place in April and September 2017 to listen to the experiences of other disabled people.
The commission hopes to complete its work by the end of 2017.
- Biodiversity Commission
Looking at how we can help plants and wildlife flourish in Hammersmith & Fulham, this commission is being led by Morag Carmichael, who co-ordinates the local Friends of the Earth group.
The commission is expected to complete its work by the end of 2017.
- Older People’s Commission
We are seeking someone to lead a new commission looking at issues affecting older people in the borough, and finding ways to improve their quality of life.
For more details email Tom Conniffe firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Rough Sleepers’ Commission
The number of rough sleepers in the borough is on the rise because of benefit cuts and a lack of affordable housing across London.
The Rough Sleepers’ Commission will examine the problem in Hammersmith & Fulham and look for solutions.
The commission is chaired by Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis, and held its first meeting on 9 February 2017. It plans to report by the end of 2017.
For more details email Fawad Bhatti email@example.com.