“We have changed the definition of personal expenses so that a candidate’s disability should no longer affect the amount they can spend in campaigning. Some disabilities can result in candidates having to incur extra expenditure such as needing to use taxis or requiring sign language interpreters.

So in future, any costs which are directly attributed to a candidate’s disability will not count towards their elections expenses limits.

For the record, I want to recognise the work of The One in Five Campaign, which is a cross-party group campaigning to encourage, empower and increase political participation amongst disabled people in Scotland. Without the input of The One in Five Campaign, I am not sure we would have seen this improvement in this order.”

Mr. Joe Fitzpatrick, Minister for Parliamentary Business