Social Welfare Act, 1998

Blind pension.

19.—The Principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of section 141 of the following subsection:

>“141.—(1) Subject to this Act—

(a) subject to paragraph (b), every blind person who has attained the age of 18 years shall be entitled to receive and to continue to receive such pension (in this Act referred to as ‘a blind pension’) as, under Chapter 4 of this Part, he or she would be entitled to receive if he or she had attained pensionable age, subject to the modification that—

(i) the rate of blind pension payable shall be the weekly rate set out in column (2), reference 5 in Part I of the Fourth Schedule, and

(ii) the increase payable by virtue of section 137(a), where the beneficiary has attained pensionable age, shall be as set out in Part II of the Fourth Schedule and in all other cases shall be as set out in Part IIA of the Fourth Schedule,


(b) the provisions of the said Chapter 4 shall apply in all respects in the case of such person, subject to the modifications that for the statutory conditions contained in section 134(a) there shall be substituted the conditions that the person must—

(i) have attained the age of 18 years, and

(ii) be so blind that he or she either cannot perform any work for which eyesight is essential or cannot continue his or her ordinary occupation.”.