Thursday, 19 March 2009

David Williams welcomes victory for local blind people

Labour proposals mean weekly cash boost on way for blind people.

David Williams, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Crewe and Nantwich, has welcomed more support for local blind people. Under the changes backed in the Welfare Reform Bill, 20,000 blind people nationally will be entitled to receive the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.

The intention is to support visually impaired people with their additional mobility costs, allowing them greater freedom to get out and about either socially or to find work. At current rates this will mean an additional payment worth £29 a week to those who qualify (£1,508 per year).

David Williams said:

“I know many severely blind people have been waiting to hear this good news and will be very happy with the outcome. The Labour Government has been working closely with the RNIB to make this possible.

“It is shameful that the Tories have refused to say whether they would pay this money to blind people if they were to win an election.”

The Welfare Reform Bill has passed third reading stage today in the face of Tory opposition. The Bill will provide the additional powers to ensure that people make use of the help made available to them and maximise their employment prospects for the future.

Royal National Institute for the Blind

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