Other gateways into politics apart from party politics

There should be other ways into politics apart from party politics and there should be more support for women who are looking to get into politics/public life. The only gateway into political life at the moment is through a political party. There are not many independents, particularly at a national level, who haven’t been through the party system. People with disabilities are not encouraged to stand for office.

People who are on benefits are also worried about standing for office as it shows them fit to work and the fear they will lose their entitlement to benefits. There are misperceptions of the skills needed to be a politician, so people don’t stand.

Why the contribution is important

We need our politicians to reflect and represent our society and so should be a diverse range of people.

by FairerScotlandAdmin2 on October 15, 2015 at 04:23PM

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