MP hits out at effect of to benefits changes

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PORTSMOUTH South MP Mike Hancock has spoken out against changes to the assessment of Disability Living Allowance.

He believes the new method of testing ignores problems faced by blind and partially-sighted people, and could result in those living with this permanent disability losing an allowance upon which they depend on.

Following correspondence with constituents concerned with how the changes would affect them, Mr Hancock is urging the government to rethink its plans to alter the way in which people are assessed.

He said: ‘It is ridiculous that while the government claims it wants a benefit and support system which helps people help themselves, they ignore the fact that while blind people are physically able to work, they require modified equipment for day-to-day things.’

Mr Hancock wrote to Maria Miller, the Minister for Disabled People, on behalf of several of his constituents to ask her what impact the changes to DLA would have on them specifically.