Disability Discrimination (Blind and Partially Sighted Persons) Regulations 2003

2003 No. 712

DISABLED PERSONS

The Disability Discrimination (Blind and Partially Sighted Persons) Regulations 2003

Made 13th March 2003

Laid before Parliament 17th March 2003

Coming into force 14th April 2003

The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by section 67(3) of, and paragraph 7(5) of Schedule 1 to, the Disability Discrimination Act 19951, and of all other powers enabling him in that behalf, hereby makes the following Regulations:

S-1 Citation, commencement and extent

Citation, commencement and extent

1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Disability Discrimination (Blind and Partially Sighted Persons) Regulations 2003 and shall come into force on 14th April 2003.

(2) These Regulations do not extend to Northern Ireland.

S-2 Interpretation

Interpretation

2. In these Regulations—

“certificate signed by a consultant ophthalmologist” means a certificate completed by a consultant ophthalmologist in accordance with the criteria laid down in the relevant guidance;

“consultant ophthalmologist” means a consultant or honorary consultant appointed in the medical specialty of ophthalmology, who is employed for the purposes of providing any service as part of the health service continued under section 1(1) of the National Health Service Act 19772, section 1(1) of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 19783or article 4(a) of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 19724;

“local authority” means—

(a) in England and Wales, a council which is a local authority for the purposes of the Local Authority Social Services Act 19705, and

(b) in Scotland, a council constituted under section 2 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 19946;

“registered person” means a person who is certified as blind or partially sighted by a consultant ophthalmologist and in consequence is registered as blind or partially sighted—

(a) in England and Wales, in a register maintained by or on behalf of a local authority under section 29(4)(g) of the National Assistance Act 19487(welfare services), or

(b) in Scotland, in a register maintained by or on behalf of a local authority; and

“relevant guidance” means—

(a) in relation to a consultant ophthalmologist in England and Wales, Department of Health Circular LASSL(90)1 entitled “Certification of Blind and Partially Sighted People: Revised Form BD8 and Procedures”8, and

(b) in relation to a consultant ophthalmologist in Scotland, Social Work Services Group Circular SWSG8/86, NHS 1998 (PCS) entitled “Registration of Blind and Partially Sighted People”9.

S-3 Persons deemed to have a disability

Persons deemed to have a disability

3. A person is deemed to have...

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