Disability: Candidates

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 22nd November 2021.

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Photo of Mark Harper Mark Harper Conservative, Forest of Dean

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, if she plans to reintroduce a fund to help disabled people seek elected office.

Photo of Kemi Badenoch Kemi Badenoch Minister for Equalities, Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office), Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office) (jointly with Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Government is committed to see more disabled people become elected representatives.

Building on the experience of the Access to Elected Office fund and the EnAble fund, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will support a new scheme from April 2022 to support those seeking to become candidates and – as importantly – once they have been elected to public office.

Political parties have primary responsibility for supporting their own disabled candidates, in line with their duties under the Equality Act 2010.

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