Cash for can­di­dates

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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.”

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