Benefits of registering your sight loss

Registering your sight loss with your local authority can open up an array of benefits. There are two levels of registration: severely sight impaired (blind) or sight impaired (partially sighted).

You are entitled to Sight impaired Severely sight impaired
Blind person’s tax allowance No Yes
Television licence fee reduction No Yes
Blue Badge Scheme No Yes
Cinema pass for carer No Yes
Free postage – “Articles for the blind” Yes Yes
Free NHS eye examination Yes Yes
Disabled Persons Railcard Yes Yes
Free bus travel Yes Yes
Free directory enquiries Yes Yes
Protection under the Equality Act Yes Yes
Assessment by social services Yes Yes


You may be entitled to Sight impaired Severely sight impaired
Personal Independence Payment (PIP) Yes Yes
Attendance Allowance Yes Yes
Carer’s Allowance Yes Yes
Employment and Support Allowance Yes Yes
Tax Credits Yes Yes
Housing Benefit Yes Yes
Council Tax disability reduction Yes Yes
Universal Credit Yes Yes
Pension Credit Yes Yes
Free ticket for a guide at theatres, galleries or tourist attractions Yes Yes

Download the above form as a Word Document – Factsheet benefits of being registered blind

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