Sunday Post: Blind injustice: Experts warn visually impaired are losing lifeline benefit because of incompetent testing

14 January 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people are being denied crucial benefits because the official assessors do not  understand sight loss, experts have warned.

A leading charity for the blind and visually impaired has warned assessors lack the specialist knowledge to make informed judgements about whether people should receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

PIP is a non-means-tested benefit for disabled people who need help with everyday tasks and getting around.

It was introduced five years ago to replace the Disability Living Allowance and James Adams, director of Royal National Institute of Blind People Scotland, said it is a crucial benefit for blind and partially sighted people.

But, he said: “For too many, we know the current assessment and decision-making process is not working. This is causing real hardship and distress.’

Read the full report on the Scottish Post website

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