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EnAble Fund for Elected Office: Applications

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 11th February 2020.

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Photo of Marion Fellows Marion Fellows SNP Whip, Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Disabilities)

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, how many applications to the EnAble fund have been (a) received and (b) approved from applicants in (i) Scotland, (ii) Wales, (iii) Northern Ireland and (iv) England since the launch of that fund.

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

The interim EnAble Fund for Elected Office was set up to cover scheduled elections between December 2018 and March 2020.

The EnAble Fund does not cover elections in Wales or Northern Ireland. Scotland has its own separate fund, the Access to Elected Office Fund Scotland, to support disabled candidates.

For the 2019 English Local elections the Fund received 46 applications, with 41 grants approved for disabled candidates.

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