Blind Persons

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Social Services – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Robin Hodgson Mr Robin Hodgson , Walsall North 12:00 am, 8th March 1977

Is the Minister aware that, under the regulations laid down in his Department's leaflet NI6, a person blinded at work receives an automatic disablement pension of £25 a week, on top of which he may get extra earnings, and that if a person is blinded as a result of disease or from birth, according to his Department's leaflet SB1 the maximum benefit is £16·95, which is reduced if he has any additional earnings? Is not this grossly unfair between the two classes of blinded people?