Government Equality Office – Research

Barriers to Political Representation for Disabled People

Research into barriers

The Government Equalities Office has commissioned research to look at the barriers to political representation for disabled people and how these can be overcome.

The research will be conducted by Dr Elizabeth Evans, of Goldsmiths, University of London and Dr Stefanie Reher, University of Strathclyde. As part of this they are looking to carry out in-person interviews with people with self-declared disabilities who: are or were MPs or councillors; stood for election or selection; considered standing but decided against doing so.

If you are interested in taking part in the research or would like to know more, please contact Dr Elizabeth Evans (07940372233).


 EnAble Fund for Elected Office

We have set up an interim fund of £250,000 to support disabled candidates to run for office. The ‘EnAble Fund for Elected Office’ went live in December 2018 and will be delivered by Disability Rights UK supported by the Local Government Association. It will help candidates with the additional financial costs associated with a disability. Further information is available here: