To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
(1) how many people receive disability living allowance on grounds of blindness or visual impairment;
(2) what estimate he has made of the additional cost to public funds of awarding disability living allowance at the higher rate for mobility to registered blind and visually impaired people now in receipt of the mobility component at the lower rate.
As at May 2006, the latest date for which information is available, 62,140 people whose main disabling condition is recorded as blindness were receiving disability living allowance. Of these, 40,030 people under the age of 65 were receiving the lower-rate mobility component. The estimated additional cost of paying the higher-rate mobility component would be about £56 million per year.
DWP Information Directorate: Work and Pensions Longitudinal Study.