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Is Your Polling Stations Wheelchair Accessible?

 Is Your Polling Stations Wheelchair Accessible?

Published on Thursday 30th May 2024

You know the venues chosen as polling stations for election day, but have you ensured they are wheelchair accessible? We specialise in high-quality modular ramps and steps and have installed access to a variety of sites, including churches, car parks and prefabricated buildings for previous elections.  

You know the venues chosen as polling stations for election day, but have you ensured they are wheelchair accessible? We specialise in high-quality modular ramps and steps and have installed access to a variety of sites, including churches, car parks and prefabricated buildings for previous elections.  

  

 

The three reasons councils choose Rapid Ramp? 

1. Public safety: You are getting the safest ramp system on the market with a UKAS-accredited slip-resistant surface & warm-to-touch handrails.  

2. Convenience: Multiple locations surveyed, installed, and removed during the same visits, minimising disruptions for a hassle-free experience. Once we’ve designed it the first time, we will be on call to install the ramp again whenever you have another election.  

3. Sustainability: No waste disposal, unlike single-use timber ramps

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How many disabled people are of voting age in the UK in 2024?

As of 2024, there are approximately 11.7 million disabled individuals of voting age in the UK. This estimate is derived from the combination of overall voter registration data and the prevalence of disability among adults.

  1. Total Voting-Age Population: There were about 48.8 million registered voters in the UK as of December 2021 (Office for National Statistics).
  2. Disability Prevalence: Around 24% of working-age adults in the UK have a disability (House of Commons Library).

By applying the 24% disability rate to the voting-age population, we can estimate that about 11.7 million disabled individuals are eligible to vote in the UK.

This significant proportion underscores the importance of accessible voting provisions such as ramps to ensure that all voters can participate fully in the electoral process.

 

Sources

Neil Park, Office for National Statistics, 5 April 2022, Electoral statistics, UK: December 2021 (https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/elections/electoralregistration/bulletins/electoralstatisticsforuk/december2021)

Esme Kirk-Wade, House of Commons 2024, Wednesday, 23 August, 2023, UK disability statistics: Prevalence and life experiences (https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/research-briefings/cbp-9602/)


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