The Government has outlined new plans to help disabled people contest elections.
Women and Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt said Government will develop ideas on how to help political parties support their disabled candidates, along with those disabled people standing as independents. Up to £250,000 will also be available to support disabled candidates at elections over the next 12 months.
James Taylor, Head of Policy and Public Affairs at disability charity Scope, said:
"Disabled people are massively under-represented in public life. One in five of the population is disabled and yet the number of openly disabled MPs is in single digits.
"Disabled people face extra costs, from sign language interpreters to travelling around the constituency. These can be prohibitive, but financial support can help level the playing field.
“Disabled people in important positions in society will have a positive impact on public attitudes, and on the aspirations of young disabled people.
"To have a true democracy and an equal society, we must do all we can to have more disabled politicians. We hope the Government comes forward with a longer-term solution.”
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