Disabled People

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 2nd March 2011.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

Question S3W-39730

To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will offer funding for disabled people to improve access to elected office in local authorities and the Scottish Parliament.

Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government fully endorses the principle that opportunities to participate, including standing for elected office, should be open to everyone and that active citizens are at the heart of the democratic process. Ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation and similar factors should never constitute a barrier to involvement. The Scottish Parliament is founded on important principles which emphasise the importance of access, power-sharing and equal opportunities.

The Scottish Government provided funding of £2.1 million over 2008-11 to national disabled people’s organisations with the aim of increasing the participation and inclusion of disabled people in the development and delivery of public policy at a national and local level. Ministers will shortly announce what national disability projects will be funded in 2011-12.

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