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Disability Living Allowance: Sight Impaired

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions with reference to the answer of 17 September 2008, Official Report, column 2226W, on sight impaired: disability living allowance, for what reasons 2010-11 is the earliest date at which the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance could be extended to people registered blind. (246883)

Any change to extend entitlement of the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance to people with severe sight impairments or who are registered blind would necessitate a change to the primary and secondary legislation. Further time will be needed to design, test and implement the administrative processes, which will require changes such as new guidance and training for staff. As a result, the earliest implementation timescale would be 2010-11.