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Blind People (Disability Allowance)

Volume 175: debated on Monday 2 July 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security if he will make the new disability allowance available to blind people to cover the full range of costs incurred by their disability.

The new disability allowance, which will extend help to less severely disabled people of working age and below, will benefit people with seeing disabilities who have mobility or care needs. The surveys of disability carried out by the OPCS found that attendance allowance and mobility allowance are well directed towards disabilities causing the heaviest expenditure. These benefits also provide help to people with other disabilities, such as blindness, which are frequently combined with locomotion or self-care disabilities. The new disability allowance will build on that relatively simple framework.