20 JUL 2011

Visit by Maria Miller

Maria Miller, Under Secretary of State at the Dept of Work and Pensions came to the constituency at the invitation of the National Federation for the Blind, following my meeting with them in Paignton earlier this year. She met with many local people who are living with severe visual impairment.

It was an opportunity to discuss the change from Disability Living Allowance DLA, to Personal Independence Payments and exchange views on the proposals. Maria was able to allay some of the unfounded myths about the proposals but also to hear firsthand about ways that those coping with blindness felt the assessments could be improved or in some cases scrapped.

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