New support for Disabled people with political ambitions

The Local Government Association (LGA) is developing a Disabled Councillors Leadership Programme.

This work, which is funded by the UK Government, is designed to increase the number of Disabled people in local politics and speed up their progress towards becoming leaders in local government. 

Councillor Judi Billing, the Lead Member for Leadership on the LGA’s Improvement and Innovation Board, said:

“Councillors play a vital role in shaping the future of their communities and improving the quality of life of local people. 

“We need people from all backgrounds and experiences who reflect the communities that they serve.”

She went on to say,

“That is why we have developed a soon-to-be published guide for Disabled councillors [both those who are and those who want to be] and a practical checklist for councils and political groups.  These resources aim to increase awareness, accessibility and inclusion at every stage of becoming a councillor.”

If you are a Disabled councillor, or want to be, and would like to find out more about the LGA’s offer, please get in touch by emailing

You can also find out more about the LGA’s work on improving the number of Disabled people in local government in its latest First magazine online.

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