Elected Office: Access

Deputy Prime Minister written question – answered on 8th January 2013.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what steps he is taking to widen access to elected office and to support people with disabilities to become hon. Members.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

The Access to Elected Office Strategy, launched by the Government in July last year, aims to provide practical support for disabled people who want to become an elected representative. It includes a new £2.6 million fund to help disabled candidates meet the additional costs they face; free online training; three paid internships for disabled people on the Speaker’s parliamentary placement scheme; and new guidance for political parties on making reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of disabled Members and candidates.

In addition, the Government are pleased to be supporting the hon. Member for Croydon Central’s Private Member’s Bill.

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