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Why the welfare cuts will hit blind people hard

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Why the welfare cuts will hit blind people hard

Key measures in the Government’s forthcoming Welfare Reform Bill represent a major assault on the incomes and independence of blind and partially sighted people. This is the finding of “More than meets the eye: why the welfare cuts will hit blind and partially sighted people particularly hard”, a report I have recently authored on behalf of RNIB and six other sight loss charities.

Replacing Disability Living Allowance, removing the mobility component of DLA from people in state-funded residential care and time limiting contributory Employment and Support Allowance…instead of tackling the problems of worklessness and dependency, the Government’s plans risk intensifying them even further.

Together with Action for Blind People and Guide Dogs, we have urged the Government to reform welfare sensitively and carefully. The Government has said it wishes to protect the poorest in society and that its approach to deficit reduction will be fair. Our analysis suggests it risks falling at the first hurdle, with its flagship Welfare Bill.


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