MANY people in this area supported the RNIB campaign to allow people with severe sight loss to claim the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.
The Government is now in the process of making its decision about whether or not to make these changes. It could go either way - the changes can be made and there is strong support from DWP Ministers, but as we all know, the Government is under significant financial pressures.
Whilst they make their decision we need to ensure that they are reminded just how strongly people feel about this issue.
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. On a day to day basis not being able to get out independently stops many blind people from doing basic things like getting their own shopping and meeting up with friends.
I support the RNIB's campaign calling for a change to Disability Living Allowance - a state benefit that currently allows people with other disabilities who can drive to claim its higher 'mobility rate' worth £46.75 per week. People with serious sight loss are only eligible to claim the lower rate of just £17.75.
I am writing to our MP Lorely Burt to ask for her support for the many people in this constituency who could benefit from this change.
If any readers would like more information about this they can contact RNIB on 020 7391 2096.
Anne Powell, Oakhall Drive, Dorridge.