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Can I apply?

The Equality Act 2010 defines a disabled person as someone with a ‘physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities’. You must be disabled according to this definition to apply to the fund.

You can apply for money from the fund if you:

  • can confirm you are eligible to stand for office under the requirements of electoral law, which are set out in the Electoral Commission’s guidance
  • can provide evidence relating to your disability, and
  • can show us evidence that you have been involved or interested in civic, community or other relevant activities.

This fund is for additional disability-related costs that you have to pay as part of standing for an election. It is not for general costs that any election candidate needs to meet such as campaigning costs (like leaflets). It also does not cover general living costs.

Last updated: July 3, 2012

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