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Rutherglen MSP Clare Haughey welcomed efforts to help disabled people get involved with politics.
The £ 200,000 fund, started by the Scottish Government, is designed to encourage disabled people to stand when Rutherglen and Cambuslang go to the polls next May to elect 12 councillors.
The fund will help cover additional costs for accessible transport and communications support.
Ms Haughey 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 South Lanarkshire 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.”