Low income and visual impairment: do benefits and wages meet minimum income standards?

Source:
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Publisher:
Thomas Pocklington Trust
Publication date:
04 October 2017

Abstract

This study considers the extent to which benefits and minimum wages can provide visually impaired people with part or all of the income they need in order to meet a minimum income standard (MIS).

Key Findings:

•  Additional disability cost benefits often fall short of covering the extra costs visually impaired people face.
•  Receipt of PIP or Attendance Allowance can also trigger supplements to other benefits, such as ESA and Pension Credit, for those who receive them. It is therefore necessary to take into account incomes from all sources combined when considering whether ‘universal’ disability benefits meet the extra costs that visually impaired people face.