Blind People Hit By Social Care Crisis, Finds Study


This is evident on the ground.

Same Difference

The number of blind people getting help from councils has dropped by over 40% in England in six years, data shows.

The analysis by the Royal National Institute of Blind People – based on official figures – found just under 32,000 got support last year – down from nearly 56,000 in 2005-6.

It warned that if current trends continued, no-one would be getting support from councils within a decade.

The charity said the situation was “wholly unacceptable”.

People with sight problems may need help with activities such as cooking and shopping.

Those who are newly diagnosed may also be entitled to rehabilitation support, which can include help learning to use aids, like canes.

‘Toughest time’

The data included people of all ages and once again illustrates the problems councils are encountering in providing means-tested social care.

Much of the attention on the issue has been associated with the struggle elderly…

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