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Hanson Welcomes Benefit Increase for Blind People

Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the Government’s decision raise disability allowances for severely sight-impaired people, a move which will see thousands up to £1,500 a year better off.

The amendments to the Welfare Reform Bill currently going through Parliament will mean that the higher rate disability allowance will be extended to about 26,000 blind people.

Government Ministers had been engaged in discussion with the Royal National Institute for the Blind on implementing this measure, which will see those affected, £29 per week better off from 2011.

David Hanson said:

“I am delighted that severely sight-impaired people in Flintshire will be better off as a result of this measure.

“The Government has made it clear that it supported this proposal and has been working closely with the RNIB and other groups to find a way forward.

“This is about social justice and the decision will have considerable economic and social benefits for thousands of severely sight-impaired people across the country.

“I want to thank everyone that wrote to me on this and helped bring about this decision.”