11 April 2018
Simeon Hart, potential Green Party candidate for the next General Election, is campaigning for the reopening of The Access to Elected Office Fund. This fund was frozen after the General Election 2015. It was introduced during the Conservative and Lib Dem coalition government in 2012 in support of Deaf and Disabled people to stand either as councilors or parliamentary candidates.
Simeon has used the fund to support his communication needs during canvassing and for meetings. When the fund was frozen after the General Election 2015, he was unable to work properly at the time when he was called to stand again at the by-election, putting him in the position of having to raise money via crowdfunding for his support.
Simeon is working with other two Deaf and Disabled candidates and More United and their solicitor to challenge the government to reconsider opening the fund again to enable Deaf and Disabled people to be able to be equally involved in politics.
More United will launch their campaign by sending a letter to the Government on Tuesday 10th April 2018 and also by launching a video concerning this issue which is available at https://t.co/HaBpqYDRSM