A new fund, called the Election Access Fund, is to be established to support disabled people to stand as candidates in Parliamentary general elections and by-elections.
The purpose of the fund is to reduce barriers faced by disabled people by covering disability related costs which non-disabled candidates do not face.
The fund can be used to support participation of disabled people standing as candidates or seeking selection as candidates in a Parliamentary election.
The Electoral Commission is responsible for setting up and running the fund. Work to establish the fund will include extensive consultation with disabled people and others on how the fund will operate and what the eligibility criteria will be for funding.
One million dollars has been confirmed for the Election Access Fund for the next four years.
Additional funding has been confirmed to support this work. This will cover costs for developing policies and processes, consultation, raising awareness of the consultation and fund, providing information in accessible formats and ongoing administration including receiving and assessing applications. It will also cover costs to review the effectiveness of the fund after the next general election.
It is expected that the consultation process will get underway in the second half of 2021 and the fund will be open to receive applications by early 2022.
More information about the fund and consultation will be added to this page as work progresses.