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Sight loss and Minimum Income Standards: the additional costs of severity and age

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posted on 11.08.2017, 08:35 by Katherine HillKatherine Hill, Nicola Horsley, Donald HirschDonald Hirsch, Matt PadleyMatt Padley
This research uses the Minimum Income Standards (MIS) method to calculate the additional costs of living for different groups of people with visual impairment. It shows how additional costs increase with severity of impairment and age, and that costs increase further when these two factors combine. The research, funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust, is based on deliberation among groups of people with sight loss about additions that need to be made to the standard MIS household budget because of their visual impairment. The report outlines how much extra they need to reach a minimum acceptable standard of living. Working age people who are visually impaired face 25% higher costs if they are sight impaired, and 60% higher costs if they are severely sight impaired compared to people of the same age who are not visually impaired. For someone of pension age who is sight impaired costs can be 42% more than people of pension age who are not visually impaired, this increases to 73% more for a pension age person who is severely sight impaired. The research highlights the broad range of additional costs that people who are visually impaired face – from direct aids to help with sight loss, help in the home, to travel and social activities - and variations in needs and costs when severity of impairment and age are taken into account.

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Thomas Pocklington Trust

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

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Sight Loss and Minimum Income Standards: the additional costs of severity and age

Citation

HILL, K. ... et al, 2017. Sight loss and Minimum Income Standards: the additional costs of severity and age. Loughborough: Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University.

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© Loughborough University

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

This is a report.

ISBN

9780946831494

Language

en