Some claimants with sight loss could get over £1,000 extra a year due to a new ruling affecting Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)

We’re pleased to report that RNIB’s Legal Rights Service has achieved an important clarification of the law affecting claims for ESA for many people with sight loss.


The new rules make it clear that people who can’t read braille and can’t read 16 point prints should be placed in the “support group”. If you are in the support group, you are paid at a higher rate and you don’t have to adhere to strict work-related conditions in order to continue receiving the benefit. As a result of the clarification, those people will be £1,173 a year better off.


RNIB have updated their ESA toolkit and you will find this in the ESA section on their website: or call the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 for a copy.