16/18 plus and leaving education
If you need help from other people because of your sight problems you may be entitled to Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
If you are unemployed but are capable of, and looking for work you may be entitled to Jobseekers Allowance (JSA). For further information about Jobseekers allowance visit the GOV.UK website.
If you are not well enough to work you may be entitled to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).
If you find a job working for 16 hours or more a week and you get DLA, you may entitled to Working Tax Credits.
If you move into rented accommodation you may be entitled to Housing Benefit.
If you become liable to pay council tax you may be entitled to Council Tax Benefit.
If you are entitled to ESA or JSA you may be able to claim a Community Care Grant.
If you are entitled to ESA, JSA or CTC you may be able to claim Health Benefits.
If you are registered blind you can claim Blind Person's Tax Allowance. If you are not working, but you have a spouse who is, you can have the allowance transferred.
The Benefits Adviser on the GOV.UK website can also help you find out which benefits and tax credits you may be entitled to.
Speak to someone
If you are having any problems our highly experienced regional teams of independent living coordinators and welfare rights officers can advise you on all issues relating to social security benefits and other entitlements, together with advice, tips and hints about filling in forms and disputing decisions. We also have information about local services that may be able to complete forms on your behalf and go with you to appeals.
If you need advice and would like to speak with someone then please contact your local Action team and they will put you in touch with someone who can help. You can also contact us through the RNIB Helpline on 0303 123 9999 and ask to be referred to your local Action team.