Ministry of Social Affairs
To John C
The policy of successive Governments to date has been to provide a disability allowance to persons who are severely disabled from birth. Discretion is exercised however, based on the merits of each individual case, to also grant this allowance to those who have become disabled later on in life.
For those who live independently, i.e. by themselves in their own homes, this Government adopted the policy of providing Social Assistance benefits in addition to the Disability Allowance, precisely to assist them in meeting the costs incurred by independent living. By way of example, an adult living by himself/herself, would be entitled to £105 a week. Depending on their level of income, they might also be entitled to rent relief.
With the introduction of the Equal Opportunities Act, which was passed in Parliament recently and which prohibits any form of discrimation against disabled people in the field of employment, it is hoped that more people will be able to find employment, and therefore be able to boost their income.
I hope the above information is of use.
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