The Access to Politics Charter was launched at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 14th June 2018, signed by leaders and representatives from all five of Holyrood’s political parties – the Scottish Conservatives, Scottish Green Party, Scottish Labour, Scottish Liberal Democrats, and the SNP. At the end of June 2018, Inclusion Scotland sent a questionnaire to each of the parties asking about responses to the charter, their commitments to increasing access to politics for disabled people, and their plans for the future. Overall, the results are positive – each party has engaged with the Charter and taken steps to recognise and improve their policies and practices for disabled members.
Inclusion Scotland would like to thank all of the party workers who participated in the Charter feedback. Politics is often confrontational, and we’re definitely not afraid to raise our voices in opposition when need be, but on this occasion we’re glad to have been able to engage with all parties in a constructive manner.
A summary of parties’ responses to the Charter points is shown below. The original questionnaires, with parties full responses, can be downloaded here.