Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 22nd December 2015.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2015 to Question 700, when she plans to (a) publish the evaluation report on the Access to Elected Office Fund and (b) make a decision on whether that fund should continue.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 19 February 2015 to Question 223992, how many applications were made to the Access to Elected Office Fund in each year following its establishment; how many of those applications were (a) granted and (b) refused; and what the total amount paid to successful applicants was.

Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 10 June 2015 to Question 702, how much has been paid to political candidates (a) in each region, (b) of each political party, (c) of each gender and (d) of each ethnic group from the Access to Elected Office Fund to date.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage Minister for Equalities (Department for Education), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The number of people who have applied to the Access to Elected Office for Disabled People Fund is in the table below:

Financial Year

Number of applicants (some applicants made more than one application)

2012/13

27

2013/14

34

2014/15

48

The total amount claimed by successful applicants was £271,260 (out of awards totalling £418,733)

An evaluation of the pilot fund is currently being undertaken and will be published in due course. An announcement regarding the future of the fund is anticipated early in 2016.

The information on regional breakdown of expenditure and the diversity of candidates can be found in the tables below:

Region (location of election seat)

Amount claimed and paid (£)

East Midlands

1,099

East of England

480

Greater London

89,399

North East England

4,382

North West England

20,567

South East England

69,474

South West England

21,260

West Midlands

20,281

Yorkshire and Humberside

17,882

Total (rounded)

271,260

Political Party

Amount claimed and paid (£)

Conservative

32,361

Democracy 2015

350

Green

5,791

Labour

120,846

Liberal Democrat

32,601

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

276

UKIP

53,236

Independent

25,798

Total (rounded)

271,260

Gender

Amount claimed and paid (£)

Male

139,524

Female

131,736

Total

271,260

Ethnic Group

Amount claimed and paid (£)

White; all backgrounds

218,117

Mixed ethnic origin

1,348

Asian; all backgrounds

26,680

Black/African/Caribbean/Black British

22,977

Other ethnic group

350

Prefer not to say

1,788

Total

271,260

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