Letters from the Co-Chairs – The Importance of Easy Read Manifestos

There are over 1.5 million people in England with a learning disability who have the right to vote in this year’s General Election on July 4th.

Each political party has a manifesto that tells voters about the policies that they will use to help run the country.

The Good Lives Manifesto created by Learning Disability England members says that elections should be accessible. Making political manifestos into Easy Read format would help people with a learning disability who to decide to vote for.

So far only two parties in England have made Easy Read manifestos – The Green Party and the Liberal Democrats. You can read those here.

The Co-Chairs of Learning Disability England have written two letters about Easy Read manifestos on behalf of members.

These are to the Chairperson of the Conservative Party, Greg Hands, and to the Chairperson of the Labour Party, Anneliese Dodds, to ask when their parties will publish their Easy Read manifestos.

You can read the letter to Greg Hands here.

You can read the letter to Anneliese Dodds here.

You can read more about accessible elections in the Good Lives Manifesto here.

You can look at the My Vote My Voice website for Easy Read information on voting, guides to the political parties and more here.