The report is the second and final stage of a research project exploring the impact of the move from DLA to PIP on people with sensory loss. Commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust, Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Sense and carried out by NatCen Social Research.
We invited blind and partially sighted Attendance Allowance claimants to participate in a telephone interview regarding their circumstances and their use of this benefit. All respondents said that losing Attendance Allowance would make a difference to their lives. The most common example provided, by around a third of respondents, was the difficulty of paying for travel and leaving the house.
The Hardest Hit, a coalition of over 90 disabled people's organisations and charities, produced the report 'The Tipping Point' which brings together a survey of over 4,500 disabled people, a poll of more than 350 independent welfare advisors, and more than 50 in-depth interviews with disabled people with varying conditions and impairments. The report reveals some shocking statistics including that nearly 9 in 10 (87 per cent) disabled people said their everyday living costs are significantly higher because of their condition
Key measures in the flagship 2011 Welfare Reform Bill represented a major assault on the incomes and independence of working age blind and partially sighted people. This is the finding of the 'More Than Meets the Eye' report, published by RNIB on behalf of seven sight loss charities.
Our 'Taken for a ride' campaign report shows how blind people were being "cheated" by not being allowed to claim the same level of benefit as wheelchair users. 253 MPs signed an Early Day Motion in support of our campaign.