Posted: Sun 24th Oct 2021

Fund aimed at supporting disabled candidates in next years council elections launched in Wales

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Oct 24th, 2021

A fund has been launched for disabled people wishing to stand for election as local councillors in the 2022 Local Government elections.

Wales is the first nation in the United Kingdom to offer financial assistance to disabled candidates standing at this grassroots level of local democracy.

It is open to those wishing to stand for their community and town council as well as those standing for the county council.

The fund which is delivered by Disability Wales and is financed by the Welsh Government, offers financial assistance to disabled people towards the additional costs of reasonable adjustments to overcome the impairment related barriers they face when standing for election.

It pays for practical support to allow for disabled people to fully participate in the political process.

This covers reasonable adjustments that level the playing field between disabled and non-disabled candidates, but not general campaign costs.

Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales said:

“Disability Wales is excited to be working in support of disabled people standing in the 2022 local government elections. Many Deaf or disabled candidates face additional expenditure when campaigning e.g. with transport, communication support or equipment.”

“The Access to Elected Office Fund will help meet these costs and contribute to removing some of the barriers disabled people face when seeking elected office.”

“The launch of the fund in Wales marks a significant milestone in advancing disability equality in Wales both by widening rights to democratic participation as well as ensuring those who are elected to represent our communities also reflect the diversity of our communities”.

Welsh Conservative Shadow Minister for Local Government, Sam Rowlands MS, said:

“Democracy works best when we have candidates and elected officials from all different backgrounds.

“I would like to encourage anyone interested in standing for election to find out how this incredibly important fund could support them by visiting the Disability Wales website or getting in contact with them.”

Disabled people interested in applying to the fund should read the information on the Disability Wales website or email Disability Wales at [email protected] for further information.

After submission applications will be anonymised before consideration by a panel made up by individuals with lived experience of disability and making reasonable adjustments.

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