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. 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

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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

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