Blind people cheated

PUBLISHED: 10:00 23 November 2006 | UPDATED: 13:36 04 May 2010

MANY blind people are being cheated by not being allowed to claim the same level of benefit as wheelchair users. I know that some blind people are missing vital hospital appointments and job opportunities because the benefit they receive doesn t cover the

MANY blind people are being cheated by not being allowed to claim the same level of benefit as wheelchair users.

I know that some blind people are missing vital hospital appointments and job opportunities because the benefit they receive doesn't cover the cost of taxis. Not being able to get out independently stops many blind people from doing basic things like getting their own shopping, meeting up with friends, joining local clubs.

I support the Royal National Institute of the Blind's campaign calling for a change to Disability Living allowance (DLA) - a state benefit that currently allows people with other disabilities who can drive to claim its higher mobility rate, worth £34.45 per week. People with serious sight loss are only eligible to claim the lower rate of just £16.50 per week.

I am writing to our MP Malcolm Moss, to ask for his support for the many people in his constituency who would benefit from this change. This situation is unfair and unacceptable.

S DREW

New Road

Mepal


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