Registered blind and partially sighted people: Year ending March 2014, England

Title: Registered blind and partially sighted people: Year ending 31 March 2014, England

Authors: Kate Flynn, RNIB, Publisher: RNIB, Year of publication: 2014

Key messages

  • Statistics published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) show that new registrations of blind people in 2013-2014 have fallen by three per cent since 2011. New registrations of partially sighted people have increased by three per cent.
  • Since 2011, the number of newly registered blind people has fallen for all age groups except 50-64 year olds. The number of newly registered partially sighted people has increased for 0-64 year olds, and fallen in the 65+ age range.
  • The number of new registrations has increased by 12 per cent for the under fives and decreased by six per cent for the 65-74 age range since 2011.
  • Previous research suggests a close correlation between certification and registration numbers. Understanding variations in certification is key to interpreting registration trends.


This briefing summarises the key trends presented HSCIC in their publication of statistics on registered blind and partially sighted people for the year ending 31 March 2014. The statistics relate to adults and children registered in England, by councils with social service responsibilities.

Registration statistics are released by HSCIC on a three yearly basis. In their current publication, they update and draw comparisons with statistics compiled for the years ending 31 March 2003, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

Known users of HSCIC’s earlier reports include the Department of Health, local authorities, Guide Dogs, RNIB, and the Certificate of Vision Impairment Committee. Applications of the data range from benchmarking registration levels in a given area, and monitoring policy, to anticipating future demand for services.