Find out how much the benefits that blind and partially sighted people commonly claim are worth and how they are paid
Most welfare benefits go up in April each year. Below you can view the weekly rates as of April 2016 for the most common benefits that you can claim if you are blind or partially sighted, or caring for someone with sight loss.
Details for premiums are below.
Standard minimum guarantee:
For extra amounts for severe disability and carers see the "Premiums" section above.
When you make a claim for a benefit, you will have to state on the claim form how you would like to be paid. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) can pay you in one of three ways:
Under the scheme, you’ll receive a Simple Payment card that you can use to collect your payment from any PayPoint outlet displaying the Simple Payment sign. There are many PayPoint outlets across the UK and include some local newsagents, convenience stores and supermarkets.
When you show your card to the person serving you, you will need to confirm a memorable date (this will be your date of birth to begin with, but you can change this to another memorable date) and show an original (not a copy) document that proves your identity. Acceptable documents include your passport or a utility bill that is less than three months old. If you don’t have one of these then you can contact the office that pays your benefit or pension and they will give you a letter which you can use instead.
The benefits you're entitled to depends on your own personal circumstances. We have an easy to use calculator that asks you some questions about your situation and then tells you exactly how much you may be missing out on.What benefits should I be receiving?