Political and civic participation, including political representation – UK Government assessment

Progress assessment

No progress

There have been no legal or policy changes to improve human rights protections in relation to this issue, and very limited evidence of progress in the enjoyment of these rights

Women, ethnic minorities and disabled people remain under-represented in politics and diversity data is inadequate, although the number of women MPs in the UK Parliament has continued to rise. Candidates sharing certain protected characteristics are disproportionately subject to abuse and intimidation, and long-term funding is needed to ensure disabled peoples’ equal participation. While there has been progress in increasing the proportion of women and ethnic minority public appointees, disabled people have not seen comparative progress. There are concerns that proposed new voter ID requirements will make it harder for some people to vote.

Read more about the UK and Welsh Governments’ actions on political and civic participation, including political representation.

The assessment was made based on the evidence available up to 18/03/2021