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Females: Voting Rights

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 27th July 2017.

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Photo of Alison Thewliss Alison Thewliss Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Cities), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, when the £5 million fund to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 announced in the Spring Budget 2017 will be open for applications.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women

The government has set up a £5m fund to help celebrate this important occasion, which extended voting rights to women for the first time. The fund will help build a legacy for the future by educating young people about this important milestone and to inspiring women to get more involved in politics at all levels.

This funding will be available for projects in England, and details including application criteria will be announced in due course.

The Barnett formula has been applied to this funding in the usual way and it is for the devolved administrations to decide whether, and how, they choose to mark the centenary.

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