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Have your say on better access to elected office for disabled people

  • Published: Thursday, 14 April 2011

The consultation on improving access to elected office by disabled people will close soon. To have your say, complete a downloadable questionnaire and return it by email or post so that it arrives by 11 May 2011.

The consultation and how to respond

Full details of new plans to help disabled people who want to become councillors or MPs are in the consultation document. The government would like to hear views from people right across the community, including disabled people and those involved at all levels of the political process.

Follow the links below to access Easy Read, large print, and regular versions of the consultation, from the Government Equalities Office website. You can download the documents and return them by post or email. Make sure you respond by 11 May.

Supporting disabled people

Disabled people who want to become councillors or MPs could have access to a fund to help them overcome the barriers they face. This is just one part of a planned £1 million package to improve access to elected office. Proposals also include new training and development opportunities and a new mentoring programme to let aspiring disabled politicians learn from people who have already made it to the top.

The government is committed to introducing extra support for disabled people who want to become MPs, councillors or other elected officials. The commitment follows recommendations made by the cross-party Speaker’s Conference in January 2010. This examined ways to improve the representation in the House of Commons of:

  • women
  • disabled people
  • people from minority ethnic backgrounds

Three departments - the Government Equalities Office, the Cabinet Office and Office for Disability Issues - have developed the strategy for delivering this commitment. They worked with disabled people’s organisations and the UK advisory group for disability equality, Equality 2025, to co-produce the proposals and draft the consultation paper.

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