Target: UK Government
Date: 17 October
- The Lowdown
More than 1,000 blind and visually-impaired people marched outside Parliament last Friday. They were protesting about the current eligibility rules for the disability living allowance (DLA). Minister for disabled people Jonathan Shaw met the group, which included Labour MP David Blunkett, Big Brother 's Mikey Hughes, and Lib Dem shadow disability spokesman John Barrett.
- Why the protest?
Under current law, blind people are not allowed to claim as much money to help them be mobile as other disabled people. The charity says this is a 'betrayal' of the blind. RNIB's head of campaign Steve Winyards was quoted in The Daily Telegraph saying: 'What is fair about blind people who cannot drive only receiving £17.75 per week when other disabled people who can drive receive £46.75?'
- How did the Government respond?
Shaw said he was pleased to attend the rally to hear all concerns: 'We understand the need to look at how and when we can make this important change to the arrangements for the mobility of DLA.'
- How did the media cover it?
The Daily Telegraph, Teletext and PA wrote about the protest in advance. Disability Now wrote: 'Mass march on Parliament over benefits betrayal'. The story received regional coverage including the Western Telegraph and Norwich Evening News.