Candidates: Disability

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Caroline Lucas Caroline Lucas Green, Brighton, Pavilion

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she will extend access to the EnAble fund to provide financial assistance to deaf and disabled parliamentary General Election candidates to assist with disability-related costs in the forthcoming General Election.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 05 November 2019.

The correct answer should have been:

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Dissolution.

The Government recognises that disabled people are likely to face greater costs when seeking elected office due to their disability. That is why we launched the EnAble Fund for Elected Office to help cover disability related expenses. As an interim fund it gave political parties the time to put in place measures to support disabled candidates.

The Fund is time limited and was put in place for elections that had been planned. Therefore, funding has not been scheduled for this election. Retrospective support, as with this year’s European Parliamentary Elections, could be considered for candidates but this would be for the next Government to decide.

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Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

It has not proved possible to respond to the hon. Member in the time available before Dissolution.

The Government recognises that disabled people are likely to face greater costs when seeking elected office due to their disability. That is why we launched the EnAble Fund for Elected Office to help cover disability related expenses. As an interim fund it gave political parties the time to put in place measures to support disabled candidates.

The Fund is time limited and was put in place for elections that had been planned. Therefore, funding has not been scheduled for this election. Retrospective support, as with this year’s European Parliamentary Elections, could be considered for candidates but this would be for the next Government to decide.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

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