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Disabled set to face problems at the polls

DISABLED voters may still face obstacles at their local polling station - that’s the verdict of an Acocks Green charity shop.

DISABLED voters may still face obstacles at their local polling station - that’s the verdict of an Acocks Green charity shop.

The Scope branch, on the Warwick Road, is taking part in a nationwide campaign highlighting the difficulties that some people face.

Now local residents are being invited to visit the shop and have their say on why voting matters to them.

Christine Dennis, branch manager, said: “Voting is really important to disabled people but unfortunately many are still being denied the opportunity to exercise their democratic right because of access barriers at local polling stations. Disabled people should have the same right to cast their vote in person like everyone else.”

Scope’s Polls Apart campaign has won backing from a number of high-profile figures - including comedian Eddie Izzard, pictured, and actress Lynda Bellingham.

Research by the charity found that many polling stations still don’t make adequate provision for wheelchair users, blind people or those with other disabilities.

“Celebrities like Eddie Izzard have let us know why they think voting is important,” added Christine.

“We hope lots of people in the local community will join in and have their say in our eye-catching window display.”

People’s comments will be on display at the Acocks Green shop until Monday (April 12).

 

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