- From: "Scott C" <castledine10@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <guide.chat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 7 Jul 2010 14:42:52 -0700
This isn't widely out yet but this is the latest on Higher rate DLA. DLA Regulations for claiming the higher rate of mobility DLA Regulations The Government laid before Parliament the Regulations covering the change to Disability Living Allowance (DLA) that will allow people with severe visual impairment to claim the higher rate mobility component of DLA. The Regulations outline the eligibility criteria for claiming the benefit and details of how the changes will be implemented. The Regulations will lay before Parliament for 40 days after which, unchallenged, they will come into force allowing DWP to begin the implementation of the changes. Eligibility Criteria The information regarding who will be eligible is covered in the Regulations. Someone will be taken as having a "severe visual impairment" and eligible if they have been certified as severely visually impaired by a consultant ophthalmologist AND have a visual acuity of less than 3/60 OR if they have a visual acuity of 3/60 or more, but less than 6/60, a complete loss of peripheral field and a central visual field restricted to no more than 10 degrees in total. These two routes to entitlement encompass all those people who come within the following categories of sight impairment: no perception of light perception of light only perception of hand movement: and a visual acuity of 3/60 with a total or extensive loss of field. What Will Happen Next - How Do I Claim the Benefit? Visually impaired people already in receipt of the lower rate mobility component of DLA need do nothing now. The Department is not starting work on looking at individual claims for a number of months. The Pensions, Disability and Carers Service will be contacting current claimants from around November onwards to talk to them about whether or not they might be eligible. If people believe that they might be eligible they could start to gather the necessary evidence, i.e. their certificate of severe visual impairment (a CVI) from their Ophthalmologist. We will keep people updated as more information becomes available. The DWP will publicise more information to claimants in the coming months. -- DISCLAIMER: NOTICE: The information contained in this email and any attachments is confidential and may be privileged. If you are not the intended recipient you should not use, disclose, distribute or copy any of the content of it or of any attachment; you are requested to notify the sender immediately of your receipt of the email and then to delete it and any attachments from your system.