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Sinn Féin support RNIB Disablity Living Allowance campaign

14 October, 2008

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Disability Michelle O'Neill, has voiced concern about Disability Living Allowance payments in relation to people who are blind or partially sighted and support fully the RNIB Disability Living Allowance campaign.

Ms O'Neill said:

"The British Government has stated that people who suffer from severe sight loss will not be entitled to receiving the high rate of DLA. Individuals who are registered blind can only claim the low element of the DLA because they can have a blind dog to assist them in moving around, and yet the same Government refuses to fund the £30,000 required to train each dog.

"Research has shown that 73% of blind and partially sighted people feel that they have been unable to reach their full potential due to a lack of guidance, support and encouragement.

"It is clear that new legislation is needed to improve the lives of those who are either wholly or partially blind. Amending the legislation to allow for the high rate of DLA to be administered would go some way to improving the quality of life for people who are suffering from severe sight loss. This needs to rectified as a matter of urgency and Sinn Féin offer our full support to the RNIB Disability Allowance Campaign on October the 15th." CRÍOCH

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