§ Lord James Douglas-Hamilton
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what are his plans on the entitlement in Scotland to the disability premium for blindness for the planned income support scheme and housing benefit schemes.
§ Mr. Newton
Blindness will entitle a claimant to the proposed disability premium for income support in Scotland as in England and Wales. Blind people will similarly receive a higher entitlement for help with their housing costs under the new housing benefit scheme.