Disabled candidates grant scheme to return for 2019 local elections

Disabled candidates grant scheme to return for 2019 local elections - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Disabled candidates grant scheme to return for 2019 local elections

Disabled candidates grant scheme to return for 2019 local elections

Relaunch welcomed, but there are calls for expansion to help address under-representation.

Disabled candidates grant scheme to return for 2019 local elections - The Mandatory Training Group UK -

Count volunteers wait to sort ballot paper in local council elections. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA

People with disabilities are to be offered thousands of pounds to help them run for elected office in next year’s council elections as part of an effort to tackle under-representation in town halls.

Grants averaging £4,000 will be made available to some to cover costs of campaign expenses including specialist transport, screen reader software, sign language interpretation and braille transcription.

Only 10% of councillors have a disability, compared with about 20% of the UK population. The government is offering £250,000, which is expected to fund around 60 candidates. Almost 9,000 council seats will be contested in local elections in May.

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