New funding of £200,000 to help disabled people participate in politics and stand as local councillors was announced today.
The money will help to cover additional costs for accessible transport or communications support for disabled people who wish to stand for selection or election in the 2017 local government elections.
Disabled people are significantly under-represented as local councillors and the fund will back up the wide ranging support to increase their representation.
Minister for Local Government and Community Empowerment Marco Biagi said:
“I am delighted to announce this funding, which comes as a direct response to one of the key demands from disabled people’s campaign organisations, who all highlight that funding is a major barrier for disabled people to even consider accessing politics.
“The democratic participation fund for disabled people contributes towards our broader ambition to encourage more people from under-represented groups to stand for elected office so our local councils become more reflective of the communities they serve.”
The project will be run by Inclusion Scotland on a pilot basis until May 2017,Chief Executive Officer Sally Witcher said:
Jamie Szymkowiak, founder of disability campaign group One in Five, said: