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Registering as blind or partially sighted simply means recording your sight impairment with your local council. Registration is entirely voluntary, and you will not be denied help from social services if you decide not to, however there are significant advantages.

Registered blind or partially sighted people have access to a wide range of benefits such as the Personal Independence Payment and Employment Support Allowance, as well as concessions for the NHS, council tax, television licenses and public transport. Your registration card can also prove your status as a blind or partially sighted person; particularly important for those who don’t use guide dogs or white canes but may require assistance when out.

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