Funding to Help Disabled Candidates to Stand for Office (UK)

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is provided by the Government Equalities Office and is administered by Disability Rights UK. The Fund is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability or health condition, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. The overall aim of the Fund is to create a level playing field for disabled people and people with a long-term health condition – not to give anyone an unfair advantage.

The Fund can cover the cost of the reasonable adjustments required to enable someone to stand for elected office. This could include items such as BSL interpreters, Assistive Technology, a Personal Assistant to assist with specific tasks, or taxi fares where other modes of transport are not appropriate.

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office runs until May 2020 and is therefore primarily intended to support disabled people seeking election in the Local Elections in May 2019 and the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

Applicants to the Fund must have:

  • A physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
  • A genuine intention to seek elected office, for an election that takes place during the timescale of the fund. These will include Local Government Elections in May 2109 and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

To find out more about the Fund, how to apply and to discuss eligibility, please contact:

Telephone: 0330 995 0400 and select Option 1

E-mail: enablefund@disabilityrightsuk.org

https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/enablefund

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