Sunday Post: Sight tests scrapped for blind people claiming lifeline benefit

18 June 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people will no longer be asked to read letters from an eye chart to get a lifeline benefit.Sunday Post logo
Assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – which are carried out on behalf of the government by a private company – will also be reviewed to make them fairer to people with sight loss.

The changes come after The Sunday Post revealed the concerns of blind people, charities and politicians.

We told how MP Chris Stephens obtained figures that revealed 40% of blind and visually impaired people in Scotland were denied PIP – but when they appealed 16% of those decisions were overturned.

PIP is not means-tested but blind and visually impaired people must undergo a vigorous assessment.

The Post revealed in January that staff at Independent Assessment Services (IAS), which carries out assessments, has asked people to read letters from a wall chart, make eye contact and walk around a room – even if they are registered blind.

The process was criticised by Mr Stephens and The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) Scotland and Scottish War Blinded.

Read the full story on the Sunday Post website

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