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Project Category: Income and Benefits


Low Income and Visual Impairment: Do Benefits and Wages Meet Minimum Income Standards?

September 2017 Professor Donald Hirsch, Centre for Research in Social Policy (CRSP), University of Loughborough This study considers the extent to which benefits and minimum wages can provide visually impaired people with part or all of the income they need in order to meet a minimum income standard (MIS). Key Findings: •  Additional disability cost benefits often fall short of covering the extra costs visually impaired people face. •  Receipt of PIP or Attendance Allowance can also trigger supplements to other benefits, such as ESA and Pension Credit, for those who receive them. It is therefore necessary to take...

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Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for People with Sensory Loss

March 2017 Conducted by NatCen Social Research. Jointly commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind people (RNIB) and Sense. The Personal Independence Payment (PIP) process is overwhelmingly negative for people with sensory loss, despite participants interviewed as part of the Experiences of PIP for People with Sensory Loss study eventually receiving a ‘positive’ financial outcome. The report is based on interviews with 53 people with sensory impairments transitioning from Disability Living Allowance (DLA) to PIP. The study found the application process was hindered by accessibility issues, confusing forms and troublesome face-to-face assessment experiences. Links: Research Findings: Experiences...

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Additional Costs of Living for People who are Sight Impaired or Severely Sight Impaired

January 2016 Katherine Hill, Lydia Marshall, Donald Hirsch and Matt Padley, Centre for Research in Social Policy – Loughborough University This publication summarises findings from research commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust and conducted by Katherine Hill, Lydia Marshall, Donald Hirsh and Matt Padley, at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University. The research used an established methodology that defines Minimum Income Standards (MIS) for different households to consider how much more it costs, as a minimum, to live with different degrees of sight loss at different times of life. It established minimum weekly budgets for: a working...

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