Views sought on new fund to provide additional support for disabled people seeking elected office
The Welsh Government yesterday launched a consultation on the establishment of a new fund to provide additional support to disabled people to seek elected office for the 2021 Senedd elections and the 2022 Local Government elections.
The consultation provides information on the range of support the fund will provide, including support for “invisible impairments”. Areas the Welsh Government is seeking feedback on include;
- the eligibility criteria for the fund
- limits on funding allocations per applicant
- management of the fund and the point at which support from the fund ceases; and
- the name of the fund.
A pilot project will be set up for the 2021 Senedd elections, with the fund being open to individuals whose impairments fall within the definition of disability
The Minister for Housing and Local Government, Julie James yesterday said:
Disabled people are likely to face greater costs when seeking elected office and this fund will help to reduce some of the financial barriers faced.
We are committed to increasing diversity across all aspects of public life including tackling the barriers which prevent an individual’s active participation in local democracy through standing for elected office. This consultation will inform the detailed arrangements for the operation and management of the fund, which is being taken forward by Disability Wales. This fund will support individuals to play a full role in supporting and representing their communities.
The Deputy Minister and Chief Whip, Jane Hutt yesterday said:
Creating a more equal Wales, where everyone has the opportunity to participate, reach their full potential and is able to contribute fully to the economy, will enable Wales to be more prosperous and innovative.
There are many ways in which individuals are limited by disabling barriers in society and depending on their specific impairments or condition, each person is likely to need very different support. These will range from assistance with taxi fares, to specialist equipment such as screen reader software to British Sign Language interpretation for deaf candidates. We know that some people do not stand in elections because they do not have this support and this fund seeks to overcome this and enable everyone across Wales to be able to participate and represent their communities.
Rhian Davies, Chief Executive of Disability Wales yesterday said:
The Access to Elected Office Fund in Wales marks a significant milestone in advancing disability equality in Wales both by widening rights to democratic participation as well as ensuring that those who are elected to represent our communities also reflect the diversity of our communities.
Disability Wales is excited at the opportunity of working with disabled people interested in standing for office, political parties across the spectrum and stakeholders involved in the electoral process, in designing and delivering the pilot scheme. The support for candidates that will be provided through the fund will contribute considerably to creating a level playing field for disabled people seeking elected office whether nationally or locally.
Latest News from
Welsh hospices’ funding to increase26/01/2022 10:25:00
Hospices in Wales will receive an extra £2.2m as part of the Welsh Government’s end-of-life care review.
Business Wales boost to Welsh economy worth £790 million a year by mid 202125/01/2022 13:15:00
Support from the Welsh Government’s Business Wales service boosted the Welsh economy by an estimated £790 million a year by mid 2021, according to new research unveiled by Economy Minister Vaughan Gething today.
Maternity and neonatal champions to improve services across Wales25/01/2022 09:05:00
Maternity and neonatal champions will be appointed to every health board in Wales to improve the quality of services in a new £1.15m Welsh Government plan.
New Year, new focus on food and drink careers in Wales24/01/2022 14:05:00
A campaign to encourage people to consider a new career in Wales’ growing food and drink industry has been launched by the Welsh Government.
Support for students to complete ‘vital’ Health and Social Care courses24/01/2022 11:05:00
The Welsh Government has announced £1.8 million to support health and social care students in Wales.
Minister unveils new plans that will help Welsh Government lead the fight against illegal waste exporters and waste crime24/01/2022 09:05:00
Climate Change Minister Julie James recently (21 January 2022) revealed plans to transform the waste industry in Wales, making it easier to crack down on illegal exports and on waste crime.
Sports fans return to outdoor events as Spectator Sports Fund is allocated21/01/2022 14:05:00
As restrictions for outdoor spectator sports move to alert level zero this weekend, the first phase of the Welsh Government’s £3 million Spectator Sports Fund is now being allocated, Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, has confirmed.
Phased easing of Covid restrictions to continue – First Minister21/01/2022 11:05:00
Wales will complete the move to alert level 0 on 28 January, First Minister Mark Drakeford yesterday confirmed, unless the public health situation changes for the worse.
Health plan scheme a ‘massive help’ in easing NHS winter pressures21/01/2022 09:05:00
A scheme helping vulnerable people to be treated at home and avoid unnecessary trips to emergency departments will be ‘a massive help’ in easing pressure on NHS Wales during the winter months, Health Minister Eluned Morgan has said