Government Blames Coronavirus Crisis For Closure Of Elected Office Fund

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By John Pring in Disability News Service.

 

The government has blamed the coronavirus crisis for its decision to close a temporary fund that was set up to support disabled people with the extra costs of running for political office.

One disabled politician has described the permanent closure of the EnAble fund as a “kick in the teeth”, and accused the government of “locking disabled people out of politics”.

Only last month, the government announced a U-turn over the fund’s closure date and said it was being extended until the end of July to cover disabled people seeking election in May as police and crime commissioners (PCCs) and local councillors in England.

 

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