Tax Allowances: Disability

Treasury written question – answered on 25th November 2022.

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Photo of Lloyd Russell-Moyle Lloyd Russell-Moyle Labour/Co-operative, Brighton, Kemptown

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the equity of Tax Allowance provisions for (a) blind and (b) deaf people in comparison to other tax taxpayers.

Photo of John Glen John Glen The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

The Blind Person's Allowance provides an extra amount of tax-free allowance for individuals who are registered as blind. The Government announced at Autumn statement 2022 that the Blind Person’s Allowance will be uprated by September CPI figure in 2023-24 to £2,870.

The Government also provides support to help disabled people with the additional costs associated with living with a disability via non-means-tested extra-costs disability benefits such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The Government provides specific support for those with disabilities who are unable to work in the form of incapacity benefits such as new style Employment and Support Allowance (for those who have paid 2-3 years of National Insurance contributions) and through the health component of Universal Credit (which is means-tested).

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