Many people in this area support The Royal National Institute of Blind People's campaign to allow people with severe sight loss to claim the higher rate mobility component of Disability Living Allowance.
Soon MPs from all parties will be trying to amend the law to allow this.
I have written to the Hammersmith and Fulham MP, Greg Hands, to ask him to vote in support of the amendment of the Welfare Reform Bill. This will be the first chance that MPs have had to vote on this issue.
Opposition parties have indicated they would support a move by the Government to end blind people's exclusion from this important benefit.
The Minister for Disabled People stated in a speech to a lobby of Parliament by blind people, on October 15, 2008, that it's now a matter for the Government to decide how and when this change can be made. The Government has worked out how to make the changes, who would benefit and that it would cost only £45m.
So now is the time for the Government to do the right thing. I urge anyone who supports this issue to contact Greg Hands MP to ask him to vote for change.
Carole Gardiner via email