According to Ashley Graczyk, a deaf Conservative Councillor in Edinburgh, the extra cost of campaigning with a disability is one of the biggest barriers preventing disabled people from getting involved in politics. She explains why it's such great news that More United has successfully got the government to reinstate the Access to Elected Office Fund, and why it's crucial it stays open.
Breaking news: because of More United's campaign, the government has just announced it will reopen a fund to help deaf and disabled candidates stand for election this year.
More United delivered a 10,000-strong petition to new Home Secretary, Sajid Javid at Number 10, urging him to reinstate the Access to Elected Office Fund without further delay.
19 high-profile deaf and disabled people have publicly endorsed More United's campaign to restore the Access to Elected Fund with a letter in The Sunday Times.