Learning disability charity Mencap is one of 5 national organisations, along with every local authority in Britain, to receive a share of £4.2 million for projects that aim to ensure everyone is signed up to vote.
The 5 organisations have been selected to find new ways of reaching out to groups who feel most distant from the political process, and encouraging them to get involved in politics and register to vote.
Mencap’s ‘Me and My Vote’ project will create resources for people with a learning disability and develop a model for one-to-one support for people including families and carers, to encourage and enable engagement with the democratic process, including registering to vote.
This funding comes as preparations continue for the switch to Individual Electoral Registration from June 2014 in England and Wales and September in Scotland, when people will register individually rather than as households, and online registration will be available for the first time.
Greg Clark, Minister of State in the Cabinet Office, said: “I want to see more people from across society engaging in the democratic process and everyone should get their say at elections. Ensuring more people are registered to vote is vital in this process.”
Jan Tregelles (pictured), chief executive of Mencap, said: “This funding is a truly positive step towards engagement and inclusion. This project will enable people with a learning disability to influence decisions which will have a real impact on their everyday lives.”