I must congratulate MP Andy Burnham and the Evening Post reporter who both spent time walking blindfolded with a guide dog as part of Guide Dogs Week as outlined Evening Post, 10th Oct. The Evening Post's Editorial/Our View correctly highlighted the importance of guide dogs and urged Wiganers to support Atherton's Guide Dogs Training School. "A dog is truely a man's best friend" but in their experiences Andy Burnham MP says "This has made me think how hard it is for a blind or visually impaired person to get around." Many people who live with blindness or partial sighting currently receive additional financial support from government through Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to help pay for additional travel costs that may be required to help them get around. I hope Andy Burnham is aware that those people living with this "hidden" disability are likely to have their help slashed or stopped by government under the new system of Personal Independence Payments, depending on how the person living with blindness or partial sighting is able to get around ? In view of this I hope he is doing everything he can to ensure blind people still get the financial help and support they need under any new system ?
Michael Moulding, Deputy Leader, Community Action Party, 92 Wyndham Avenue, Clifton, M27 6PY - Tel No - 0161 7948483