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EnAbleFund

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office

Afzal Khan, MP with Anna Denham, DR UK, at EnAble launch at Portcullis House on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

Providing access costs for disabled candidates

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is intended to cover the additional financial costs associated with a disability or health condition, that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking elected office. The Fund is provided by the Government Equalities Office and is administered by Disability Rights UK. The Fund was launched on 3rd December 2018, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

See our press release - DR UK welcomes the opportunity to administer the EnAble Fund

What can the fund pay for?

The Fund can cover the cost of the reasonable adjustments required to enable someone to stand for elected office. This could include items such as BSL interpreters, Assistive Technology, a Personal Assistant to assist with specific tasks, or taxi fares where other modes of transport are not appropriate. The EnAble Fund for Elected Office runs until May 2020 and is therefore primarily intended to support disabled people seeking election in the Local Elections in May 2019 and the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

What does the fund not cover?

It is important to note that the item(s) the Fund pays for, are items that without which, the applicant would not be able to seek elected office. For example, funding for taxis would only be considered where other forms of transport are not an option due to the nature of the applicant’s disability or health condition. Similarly, a Personal Assistant would have to be deemed necessary due to the person’s health-related needs, as opposed to being used as “extra help”.

The overall aim of the Fund is to create a level playing field for disabled people and people with a long term health condition - not to give anyone an unfair advantage. The Fund therefore cannot pay for any costs that are not considered a reasonable adjustment, such as costs directly associated with campaigning or campaign materials; nor can it pay for any ongoing reasonable adjustments or further support if the applicant is elected.

Who can apply?

To apply for the Fund you must have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.

You must also have a genuine intention to seek elected office, for an election that takes place during the timescale of the fund. These will include Local Government Elections in May 2109 and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections in May 2020.

For a full list of local authorities that will have elections on 2nd May 2019, please see: www.local.gov.uk/about/our-meetings-and-leadership/political-composition/local-government-elections

How do I find out more?

To find out more about the Fund, how to apply and to discuss eligibility, please contact:

Telephone: 0330 995 0400 and select Option 1

E-mail: enablefund@disabilityrightsuk.org

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office: Providing access costs for disabled candidates.