Supporting detail:

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:

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.

Further information

Guidance for political parties

Read blogs from Geraint Rennie, Vincent Torr and David Nicholson on taking part in the Speakers Parliamentary Placement Scheme.