Date lodged: 24 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how much funding has been provided to Inclusion Scotland to run the Access to Elected Office Fund, and whether this will run until summer 2017, as set out in its Programme For Government.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 4 November 2016
We have provided £200,000 (2016-17) to support a pilot access to elected office fund in Scotland. This includes £40,000 for administration (including assessment and support). The Fund is available to pay for practical support, covering reasonable adjustments, to support disabled people who wish to stand for selection or election in the 2017 local government elections.
We will review uptake of the fund later in the financial year to see whether this needs to be increased, and we will ensure that funds are available for the first quarter of next financial year to cover the 2017 election.