A copy of my letter published in MK News, Wednesday 21 March.
With local elections fast approaching, I would like to highlight an important yet often neglected issue effecting thousands of people in Milton Keynes.
There are over 10 million disabled people in the UK and on average each constituency contains 15,000 voters; around a fifth of the total electorate.
Despite being such a large group, disabled people are regularly prevented from voting in a large number of polling stations. A survey published by Scope after the 2010 General Election, showed that 67 percent of polling stations had one or more significant access barriers to disabled voters.
The same survey also showed that up to 47 percent of disabled people also had problems with postal voting, with problems ranging from complicated instructions, to difficulties in marking and folding the paper into the small envelope provided.
I would ask Milton Keynes Council to ensure polling stations are fully accessible for disabled people, while also ensuring postal vote instructions are clear and easy to carry out. This should ensure disabled people across Milton Keynes are able to cast their vote and have a say on the future of our great city.