MSP backs election fund

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A fund aimed at encouraging more disabled people to participate in politics and stand as local councillors next year has been opened.

The £200,000 will be used to help to cover additional costs for accessible transport or communications support for disabled people who wish to stand for selection or election in the 2017 local government elections.

The support has been welcomed by SNP MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, Colin Beattie, who said: “Everyone should have equal access to politics, no matter their own personal background or whether they are disabled or not. 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 Midlothian 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.”