What benefits am I entitled to as a severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted) person?

Given the restriction measures currently in place due to coronavirus, some rules around claiming and assessments for benefits have been changed or relaxed in the short term. Please check our Coronavirus (Covid-19): Welfare and benefits section to ensure you are getting the most up to date information or call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999, from 8am to 8pm weekdays or 9am to 1pm Saturdays.

There are a number of benefits and concessions that you may be entitled to if you are severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted), whether you are of working age or older, in work or out of work. You will need to make a claim for each of these benefits. You will not automatically receive them, and will not receive them on the basis of your registration as sight impaired or severely sight impaired alone. Entitlement to some will depend on an assessment of your income and capital (eg savings) and that of a partner where applicable.

Some of these benefits are meant to help people with the extra costs of a disability such as sight loss.

Further detailed information on Personal Independence Payment, Attendance Allowance, ESA, DLA, Blind Persons Allowance and Pension Credit can be found in the following entries:

Further information on benefits can be found on RNIB's Money, benefits and finance web page.

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