National Government

For more information about the role of MPs

Hansard, the daily transcript of all Parliamentary debates

Local Government

The Local Government Association (LGA) represents councils in England and Wales. It’s guide Make a difference. Be a councillor. A guide for disabled people offers useful information about the role of councillors.

The Department for Communities and Local Government website provides news and information on the local government sector.

Political Parties: Disability Groups

Conservative Disability Group

Labour Party Disabled Members Group, email: info@labourbility.com

The Liberal Democrat Disability Association, email: info@disabilitylibdems.org.uk

London Mayor and the Assembly

Visit the GLA website for more information on the role of the London Mayor and the Assembly.

Police and Crime Commissioners

For additional information about PCCs, visit gov.uk and the Electoral Commission Website.

Councillor shadowing and Parliamentary placement schemes

There are schemes throughout the UK that allow young people to shadow a local councillor. They provide an opportunity to see and experience the work councillors do, developing leadership skills and inspiring young people to become future politicians. Some local councils run schemes, while groups like the British Youth Council run schemes nationally.

The Parliamentary Placement scheme, run by Social Mobility Foundation offers paid internships of about nine months in the House of Commons to give people from disadvantaged backgrounds experience in politics. The scheme currently includes provision for up to three placements to be reserved for disabled people.

Operation Black Vote (OBV) is an organisation which aims to inspire more Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people to become MPs. To this end, it runs a scheme enabling BME individuals to shadow an MP for six months, allowing them to become immersed in their work nationally and locally, as well as raise awareness of these bodies among BME communities. More information on the scheme can be found on the OBV website.

Training and mentoring

Be a councillor – The Local Government Association runs a programme to encourage more disabled people to become Councillors. This new programme also includes the opportunity for a number of disabled people interested in becoming councillors to have tailored mentoring and support. If you would like to know more about this programme please contact charlotte.eisenhart@local.gov.uk

The Fabien Society  -The Fabian Women’s Network is has a Mentoring Programme.  Over ten months,  those on the scheme receive mentoring as well as taking part in organised training and networking activities. The scheme includes time spent in Parliament in London, a trip to the European Parliament, and a residential weekend where mentees will take part in training in the core skills required to be effective in public or parliamentary life.

Communicating with the public

Get Safe Online  offers advice and support on issues of web safety.

Ofcom’s Communication Market Reports provide annual statistical survey of developments in the communications sector; also quarterly updates setting out the latest public facts and figures.

Elections

For information about elections visit: https://www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/voting and About My Vote.

To find out the name of your local council or councils, visit www.councillor.info and enter your postcode. The website www.writetothem.com also provides information on your local councils and councillors along with your MP and MEPs (Members of the European Parliament).

Guidance for candidates and information on the electoral cycle is available on the Electoral Commission website: www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Standing for Elected Office

The Access to Elected Office Fund strategy provides support for disabled people who want to  stand for election to public office: www.access-to-elected-office-fund.org.uk

Reasonable adjustments

Information on “reasonable adjustments” to accommodate the needs of disabled councillors

More information on how the Equality Act applies to political parties

 Access to Work

More information on Access to work.

Overview of political life and the skills required

The knowledge base on this site provides a good overview of political life and the types of skills that are required to be a successful politician.

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