Saturday 18 August 2018

Blind person needs €44.54 a week more than sighted person for minimum standard of living - report

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Eilish O’Regan

A person who is blind needs €44.54 more per week than somebody with sight to have a minimum standard of living, a new report has revealed.

The basic standard for somebody with sight is €241.22 a week.

Research published collaboratively by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) and the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) today said the largest additional costs relate to health, communication and household services.

The report said the largest additional weekly cost for a single adult with vision impairment is in the health budget, which costs €11.54 extra per week and includes glasses, eye drops and sunglasses, to counteract glare, which is a problem for many people with low vision.

This is followed by communication at €9.33 per week. Having access to a landline and broadband is a need rather than a luxury. Household services come in at an additional €7.69 per week.

Katherine Hill a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Research in Social Policy, Loughborough University said: "This research is very welcome. Like our work in the UK it highlights the wide range of additional costs that vision impaired people face on an everyday basis in order to maintain independence.

“Importantly it shows what people need to participate in society – to have a life, not just survive”.

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