Evidence shows that 66 per cent of blind and partially sighted people of working age are not in employment.
Government schemes fail to place blind and partially sighted people in work and that training and employment opportunities for those furthest from the labour market are dwindling. Research in this area includes a secondary analysis of labour market experiences and detailed analysis of the employment status of registered blind and partially sighted people.
Work Capability Assessment analysis
RNIB have conducted an analysis of DWP data released under a freedom of information request on the outcomes for blind and partially sighted people undergoing a Work Capability Assessment (WCA). We believe that in its current form, the WCA, which determines a person's eligibility for Employment Support Allowance, discriminates against blind and partially sighted people and wastes public money on avoidable appeals.
Our analysis formed the basis for RNIB's submission to the fifth and final independent review of the Work Capability Assessment, commissioned by DWP.
Below you can find the Research briefing for Great Britain as a whole, as well as a summary briefing and statistical tables for Great Britain, Wales, Scotland and England.
- WCA statistics research briefing GB (Word, 167 KB)
- WCA summary briefing GB (Word, 98 KB)
- WCA tables GB (Word, 139 KB)
Labour Force Survey 2014
The statistics in this report provide the results of an analysis of data from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS) that was carried our for RNIB by researchers from the quarterly Labour Force Survey.
- Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the quarterly Labour Force Survey (Word, 423 KB)
- Research briefing - Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the quarterly Labour Force Survey (Word, 220 KB)
Tackling unemployment for blind and partially sighted people.
This is the final report from a three-year, action-based research project to help improve the employment prospects of blind and partially sighted people. Published in 2013.
ENABLER research report part one
ENABLER research report part two
ENABLER research report part three
ENABLER research report summary
Investigation of data relating to blind and partially sighted people in the quarterly Labour Force Survey: October 2009 to September 2012
This report provides findings from analysis of the Labour Force Survey and enables us to continue to track the economic activity of blind and partially sighted people since the start of the economic downturn. Published 2013.
- Labour Force Survey October 2009 - September 2012 RNIB report (Word, 537 KB)
- Labour Force Survey October 2009 - September 2012 Research briefing (Word, 210 KB)
Labour force survey and people with sight loss 2011
RNIB commissioned researchers from Birmingham University to undertake statistical analysis of data from the quarterly Labour Force Survey (LFS). The report provided detailed analysis of the profile of people with seeing difficulties and enabled comparison with the general population.
Labour market experiences
A detailed analysis of the national quarterly UK Labour Force Survey (LFS). The results gave a detailed analysis of the employment profile of people with seeing difficulties and the issues they faced.
Network 1,000 - employment
This report presents findings from Network 1,000 Survey 2. The report focuses upon employment status; services received by those currently in work, people who are not in work and barriers and enablers to employment. Published 2009.
Taking Control of Employment Support
Disability Rights UK's report "Taking Control of Employment Support" argues that the government's huge Work Programme is failing disabled people (with at least an 88 per cent failure rate) and is very poor value for money.
- Visit the Disability Rights UK website to view the report.
Work in progress: Rethinking employment support for disabled people
This report calls for urgent reforms to be made to improve employment prospects for people with disabilities. It was compiled by five members of the Disability Charities Consortium (DCC) coalition, RNIB, Mencap, Mind, Action on Hearing Loss and Scope.
Not working: Citizens Advice Bureau evidence on the ESA work capability assessment
Employment and support allowance (ESA) was introduced in October 2008 to replace the existing incapacity benefit (IB) for new claimants. Citizens Advice (CAB) has been monitoring the impact of the new benefit, and this is their second report since its introduction.
Right first time?: An indicative study of the accuracy of ESA work capability assessment reports
In order to claim benefits, most people who are too ill or disabled to work need to undergo a medical assessment. Employment and support allowance (ESA) was introduced in October 2008, as a replacement for incapacity benefits and a new medical assessment, the work capability assessment (WCA), was introduced alongside it. CAB have undertaken a detailed analysis of the accuracy of WCA reports.
- Right first time?: Am indicative study of the accuracy of ESA work capability assessment reports (PDF, 787 KB)
Working for a healthier tomorrow: Dame Carol Black's review of the health of Britain's working age population
The subject of this review is the health of people of working age. At its heart is a recognition of, and a concern to remedy, the human, social and economic costs of impaired health and well-being in relation to working life in Britain.
- Working for a healthier tomorrow: Dame Carol Black's review of the health of Britain's working age population (Word, 3.04 MB)
Opening up work for all: The role of assessment in the work programme
This report, by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and Advanced Personnel Management, identifies the fundamental importance of accurate and individualised assessment in determining the needs of the jobseeker.
Costs and benefits of employing disabled workers
This study, by De Paul University, examines the economic costs and benefits of workers with disabilities within three sectors (healthcare, retail, and hospitality).
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