Making it easier for disabled people to stand for election
The Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Strategy gives support for disabled people who want to get elected, for example as an MP or as a local Councillor, including Town and Parish Councils.
As part of this strategy, the government has:
- provided training and mentoring through the Local Government Association’s Be a Councillor Campaign
- provided paid internships for disabled people on the speaker’s parliamentary placement scheme
- provided online guidance for political parties on their legal obligations towards disabled members and candidates
- published an online booklet promoting the experiences of disabled people in political life
- changed the law so that personal costs can be exempted from candidates’ expenses limits at English and Welsh local elections, meaning that disability related costs are no longer counted towards candidates’ spending limits at those elections
- established the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund
The Fund helps disabled people who want to become MPs, councillors or other elected officials with any disability-related costs of standing for election, including
- difficulties using public transport
- paying for sign language interpreters
- paying extra travel or accommodation costs for a carer
Individuals can receive grants from £250-£40,000. Applications are open until the end of March 2015.