Fund to help equal access to politics welcomed

Mairi Evans
Mairi Evans

A £200,000 fund aimed at encouraging more disabled people to participate in politics and stand a councillors in next year’s local council elections has been welcomed by Angus North and Mearns MSP Mairi Evans.

The fund – which will help cover additional costs for accessible transport and communications support – underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for more people from under-represented groups.

Disabled people are significantly under-represented as local councillors – and the fund will back up wide-ranging support to help correct this imbalance.

Mairi Evans said: “Everyone should have equal access to politics, no matter their own personal background or whether they are disabled or not – and this funding will help ensure this is the case by alleviating some of the additional costs that disabled candidates can encounter.

“It is vital that barriers are broken down to encourage people from all areas of society to get involved in politics – which will help make policies more representative of society as a whole. The fund isn’t about giving anyone an advantage, but rather levelling the playing field and making it fairer for everyone.

“I hope people from across Angus North and Mearns access this funding which will help create equal access to politics for disabled people who wish to stand for selection or election in next year’s local government polls.”