Many people in this area supported the RNIB campaign to allow people with serve sight loss to claim the higher rate mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance
The government is now in the process of making its decision about whether or not to make these changes. It could go either way.
The changes can be made and there is strong support from DWP Ministers, but as we all know, the government is under significant financial pressures.
Whilst they make their decision we need to ensure that they are reminded just how strongly people feel about this issue. It is absolutely vital. We cannot allow them to delay making a decision, nor can we let them think we will just go away. We must go on fighting until they make the right decision, until they correct this injustice.
I know some blind people (who can't drive and in many cases find it impossible to use public transport) are missing vital hospital appointments and job opportunities because the benefit they receive doesn't cover the cost of taxis.
On a day to day basis, not being able to get out independently stops many blind people from doing basic things like getting their own shopping, socialising or joining local clubs. This has a massive impact on the quality of people's lives.
I support the Royal National Institute of the Blind's campaign calling for a change to Disability Living Allowance (DLA), a state benefit that currently allows people with other disabilities who can drive to claim its higher mobility rate, worth £46.45 per week. People with sight loss are only eligible to claim the lower rate of just £17.15 per week.
I am writing to Andy Slaughter MP, to ask for his support for the many people in this constituency who could benefit from this change.
This situation is unfair and unacceptable.
If any other readers would like more information about the campaign, they can contact RNIB on 0207 391 2096