Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Funding announced to give disabled people more say
Disabled people are set to have more say in local issues as the government has announced a new £2.6m fund, created to help the disabled community take seats of power such as Police and Crime Commissioners, MPs or councillors.
By meeting additional costs faced by disabled candidates such as transport or sign-language interpreters, the money aims to help people overcome the barriers which many currently face.
Minister for Equalities, Lynne Featherstone, said: “The 10m disabled people in the UK are under-represented in public life and today we are making an important step towards levelling the playing field.
“This is about breaking down the physical, financial and cultural barriers that prevent many talented people from playing their part in political life. Encouraging disabled people to make their voices heard will not only help individuals fulfil their potential but will enrich and improve our politics at local and national level.”
It is hoped the extra budget will help encourage more disabled people to run as candidates at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections due to take place in November.