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    The Government has set up a fund to support disabled people who want to be considered for selection as candidates for an election, or are standing for election.
    Disability Rights UK hopes that many disabled people will take this opportunity to try and stand as a councillor or an MP.

    For more information, go to www.access-to-elected-office-fund.org.uk

    The Access to Elected Office Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £20,000 to disabled people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election.

    The grants help meet the additional support needs that a disabled person has that are associated with their disability. If this support were not provided, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared to a non-disabled person.

    Am I eligible?
    You can apply for money from the fund if you:

    • can confirm you are eligible to stand for office under the requirements of electoral law, which are set out in the Electoral Commission’s guidance
    • can provide evidence relating to your disability, and
    • can show us evidence that you have been involved or interested in civic, community or other relevant activities.


    This fund is for additional disability-related costs that you have to pay as part of standing for an election. It is not for general costs that any election candidate needs to meet such as campaigning costs (like leaflets). It also does not cover general living costs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    The Government has set up a fund to support disabled people who want to be considered for selection as candidates for an election, or are standing for election.
    Disability Rights UK hopes that many disabled people will take this opportunity to try and stand as a councillor or an MP.

    For more information, go to www.access-to-elected-office-fund.org.uk

    The Access to Elected Office Fund offers individual grants of between £250 and £20,000 to disabled people who want to be selected as candidates for an election, or who are standing for election.

    The grants help meet the additional support needs that a disabled person has that are associated with their disability. If this support were not provided, a disabled person may face an additional barrier in the selection and campaign processes compared to a non-disabled person.

    Am I eligible?
    You can apply for money from the fund if you:

    • can confirm you are eligible to stand for office under the requirements of electoral law, which are set out in the Electoral Commission’s guidance
    • can provide evidence relating to your disability, and
    • can show us evidence that you have been involved or interested in civic, community or other relevant activities.


    This fund is for additional disability-related costs that you have to pay as part of standing for an election. It is not for general costs that any election candidate needs to meet such as campaigning costs (like leaflets). It also does not cover general living costs.

    Information in Easy Read (pdf)
    Hi, Paul,

    If I apply for this grant, what would ATOS think? I am fit work election then I am fit for work

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