Conference Access Fund

We have established a Conference Access Fund to improve accessibility for members attending conference. The fund consists of a contribution from the core Conference budget as well as donations from party members. Any contributions made by party members are ring-fenced for this purpose only and where applicable, any unused donations will be carried over to the next conference.

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If there is high demand, priority will be given to members who are attending Conference for the first time and members from underrepresented sections of society.

Those claiming expenses are expected to search for the cheapest travel and accommodation options (e.g. unless the distance is prohibitive it would be expected party members book a coach). Claims for petrol costs will be considered if there is a legitimate need (e.g. disability).

If you make an application we will aim to let you know as soon as possible whether you have been successful or not. Applicants are expected to cover the cost themselves initially and to make a claim post-conference (all relevant receipts must be provided).

All information provided will be treated in strict confidence. We may ask for further information on your circumstances if required.

You can apply for a contribution towards:

Fund Amount
For details of registered childminders in the conference vicinity please see
Please provide formal quote

Accommodation & travel

Note that petrol costs will only be covered in exceptional circumstances and by prior agreement

Up to £30/night accommodation

Travel - cheapest available

Disability or access-related costs
By individual circumstance

Other costs may be considered. Please give as much detail as possible in your application.

How to apply and deadline

The deadline for applications for Autumn Conference 2017 is Friday 21 July. 

Applications made before 21 July will be considered. Applicants will be contacted as soon as possible with the outcome.

Applications will be considered after 21 July as long as there is funding available.

To apply online please click here.

Alternatively, download the application form (PDF) and email or post it with copies of receipts to:


Conference Access Fund

Liberal Democrats

8-10 Great George Street

London SW1P 3AE


Considered stewarding at conference?

Come to conference for free and receive contributions towards your expenses in exchange for helping out. Simply register for Autumn or Spring Conference and select the attendee category ‘Steward’ and a member of the stewarding team will contact you to confirm your place and additional details. For more information about volunteering at conference, please contact the stewarding team on

Donating to the Access Fund

Any member registering for conference will be asked as part of their registration whether they would like to make a contribution to the fund and can do this as in one go when paying for conference.

If you are unable to attend and would like to make a donation nonetheless you can do so by posting a cheque – details are given below.

Cheques should be made payable to “LIBERAL DEMOCRATS”.

Conference Access Fund
Liberal Democrats
8-10 Great George Street
London SW1P 3AE

Any donations made to the Access Fund are ring-fenced for this purpose and any money not used will be carried over to the next conference.

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