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Katherine Hill, Lydia Marshall, Donald Hirsch and Matt Padley, Centre for Research in Social Policy – Loughborough University
This publication summarises findings from research commissioned by Thomas Pocklington Trust and conducted by Katherine Hill, Lydia Marshall, Donald Hirsh and Matt Padley, at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University.
The research used an established methodology that defines Minimum Income Standards (MIS) for different households to consider how much more it costs, as a minimum, to live with different degrees of sight loss at different times of life. It established minimum weekly budgets for: a working age person who is eligible for certification as severely sight impaired; a pension age person who is eligible for certification as sight impaired and has acquired their sight loss as an adult.
Key Facts: Additional Costs
How can this research help?
This research highlights key area of cost difference not only between sighted and vision impaired people, but also the change to the cost depending on stage of life and severity of sight loss. It also pinpoints both the logistical and psychological elements which must be addressed to allow vision impaired people to fully participate within society.