Government takes strides to ‘make democracy more accessible’

Disabled candidates standing in Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections will now benefit from fairer spending rules.

For the first time, disability-related campaign expenses will be excluded from candidates’ spending limits.

The Government has said the changes for part of its wider work to make democracy more accessible

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The changes are hoped to help remove potential barriers that might prevent a disabled person from running for elected office.

Minister for the Constitution, Chloe Smith, said: “Police and Crime Commissioners provide a vital public service, elected as voices for their local communities. That is why we are levelling the playing field and supporting disabled candidates to run for public office.”

Adding: “This is part of a series of improvements to make sure our democracy reflects our diverse society.”

The Government detailed how the exemption laid today has already been applied to other types of elections.

Further commitments to the making democracy more accessible quest include changing the law to allow for a broader range of people to assist disabled voters in polling stations, and ongoing work with civil society groups to support people with particular disabilities.

This includes work already underway with the Royal National Institute of Blind People to find more solutions to help partially-sighted voters fill in their ballot paper.

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