Voting Rights

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what progress the Government has made towards implementing the measures set out in the Government’s response to the Call for Evidence on Access to Elections; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster Assistant Whip, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Wales, The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office

It is important everyone who is eligible to participate in our democracy can do so. The

Government is taking action to make elections more accessible for disabled people.

In partnership with the Government-chaired Accessibility of Elections Working Group, the

actions contained in the 30 August response to the Call for Evidence on Access to

Elections are being taken forward.

These include making polling stations more accessible through improved training of staff

and looking specifically at how people with sight loss can be further supported to vote

Also, it is important those standing for office are representative of our society. We took

action to achieve this through a £250,000 fund for disabled candidates at the May English

local elections.

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