• One in five blind and partially sighted people said they have some or great difficulty in making ends meet.
  • Financial hardship affects people with sight loss of working age the most. Almost half of 30–49-year-olds and just over one third of 50–64-year-olds struggle financially. 
  • Benefits are available to people with sight loss to help with the extra costs associated with disability. However, 28 per cent of blind and partially sighted people said that the disability benefits they received were rarely or never enough to meet the extra costs incurred as a result of their sight loss.;
  • People with sight loss face greater financial pressures than the UK average. People with sight loss were twice as likely to have difficulty managing financially than the UK average; and they are less likely to be regular savers.

The ability to manage money is vital to confidence and independence. People tell us that doing their own shopping is very important to their self-esteem and sense of independence, but few blind and partially sighted people cope on their own.

The stats above are taken from My Voice and Understanding Society, which both provide information about the financial circumstances of blind and partially sighted people. Further research on this topic can be found below.

Experiences of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) for people with sensory loss

This report is the second and final stage of a wider research project exploring the impact of the move 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. Published 2017.

Accessible notes

RNIB have partnered with the Bank of England to the new accessible polymer bank note. The new £10 note incorporates features to help blind and partially sighted people better navigate their notes.

Barriers to financial inclusion report

New research funded by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group and carried out by RNIB, investigates the factors affecting the independent use of banking services for blind and partially sighted people. Published 2011.