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Participation of learning disabled people in the parliamentary election of 2019 in the United Kingdom

Participation of learning disabled people in the parliamentary election of 2019 in the United... Participation of people with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom (UK) Parliamentary Elections has previously been found to be lower than that of non-learning disabled peers. This paper aims to consider whether an intervention to support the right to take part in democratic and political life may result in increased participation rates.Design/methodology/approachData were gathered by social workers from 135 learning disabled people about their voter registration and voting in the May 2019 UK local government election. Social workers subsequently ran a promote the vote campaign with this cohort and gathered the same data in respect of the December 2019 UK Parliamentary Election.FindingsFollowing the campaign, there were statistically significant increases in both the proportion of people who registered to vote and in the proportion who voted.Originality/valuePeople with learning disabilities are more likely to vote if made aware of their rights and supported to do so. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Tizard Learning Disability Review Emerald Publishing

Participation of learning disabled people in the parliamentary election of 2019 in the United Kingdom

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1359-5474
eISSN
1359-5474
DOI
10.1108/tldr-07-2020-0014
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Abstract

Participation of people with learning disabilities in the United Kingdom (UK) Parliamentary Elections has previously been found to be lower than that of non-learning disabled peers. This paper aims to consider whether an intervention to support the right to take part in democratic and political life may result in increased participation rates.Design/methodology/approachData were gathered by social workers from 135 learning disabled people about their voter registration and voting in the May 2019 UK local government election. Social workers subsequently ran a promote the vote campaign with this cohort and gathered the same data in respect of the December 2019 UK Parliamentary Election.FindingsFollowing the campaign, there were statistically significant increases in both the proportion of people who registered to vote and in the proportion who voted.Originality/valuePeople with learning disabilities are more likely to vote if made aware of their rights and supported to do so.

Journal

Tizard Learning Disability ReviewEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 6, 2021

Keywords: Human rights; Adult social care; Learning disabilities; Social inclusion; Community living; Intellectual disability

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