Employment and welfare
It is vital blind and partially sighted people have equal opportunities when it comes to employment, and this includes taking account of the extra costs of disability.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Contact your MP if you currently receive Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the WRAG
- Contact your MP if you are not in the WRAG, or don't receive ESA at all, but feel this is an important issue
Personal Independence Payments (PIP)
Access to Work
The Access to Work scheme (ATW) helps large numbers of blind and partially sighted people who are in employment. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) reports that ATW helps 5,130 people who have difficulty seeing, which is the second largest user group who use the fund.
ATW can pay for a range of support, from specialist equipment to a support worker or taxi fares. However, the DWP is now saying that ATW will be rationed. These new proposals, for a cap on the amount payable, are causing concern. The key for blind and partially sighted people is a much larger budget, so that the scheme can be expanded without weakening the necessary support to individuals. We are working hard to achieve this.
If you have any stories of how Access to Work has helped you, please get in touch and share your story by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 020 7391 2123.
You can read our updated policy statement to find out more.
Employment campaigning news
It's vital that blind and partially sighted have access to employment. Find out what we're doing to ensure that blind and partially sighted people have equal access to employment and services such as Access to Work are protected.Check out the latest Employment news
Protecting welfare support news
There's clear evidence that living with sight loss brings a range of additional costs. We campaign for a fairer benfits system and to ensure people with sight loss have access to disability benefits.Find out what we're doing to protect welfare support