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May election: Help for candidates with disabilities

Standing as a candidate in the May elections should not be denied to anyone who is eligible. And support may be available for candidates who have a disability.

The EnAble Fund for Elected Office is intended to cover the additional costs associated with a disability that would otherwise prevent someone from seeking office. It is provided by the Government Equalities Office and administered by Disability Rights UK.

All of Boston Borough Council's 30 seats will be up for election on Thursday, May 2, and nomination packs are now available from the Returning Officer at Municipal Buildings.

Completed nomination forms must submitted to the Returning Officer by 4pm on Wednesday, April 3. This deadline is set in legislation and cannot be extended under any circumstances.

They can be returned anytime between 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, but MUST be hand delivered to the Returning Officer at Municipal Buildings.

The EnAble Fund can cover the cost of the reasonable adjustments required to enable someone to stand for elected office.

The overall aim of the Fund is to create a level playing field for disabled people - not to give anyone an unfair advantage. 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.

The Fund 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.

To find out more about the fund, how to apply and to discuss eligibility, please contact 0330 995 0400 and select Option 1 or email: enablefund@disabilityrightsuk.org

For more information see https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/enablefund

A unique film, prepared in-house at Boston Borough Council, explaining how the council works, is now available https://bit.ly/2SrWvBQ

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