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Benefits of registration

Please note that many of the benefits are available whether you are registered as sight impaired or severely sight impaired. However, some councils have criteria meaning that certain benefits are only available if you are registered as severely sight impaired. Please check with your local authority for details.

Blue Badge:

Blind Persons Tax Allowance:

Half price TV licence:

Free postage on items marked or labelled "Articles for the blind":

Disabled person's Railcard:

Sighted assistance: If you require sighted assistance at the start or end of your journey then contact

Free bus pass:

Exemption from BT directory Enquiry charges:

Free NHS eye examination by an optometrist. This is also free to anyone aged 60 and over.

You may be able to get a voucher towards the cost of glasses (check with your optometrist whether you qualify for a "voucher for complex lenses") If you're unable to leave your home without the help of another person then you may be able to get free prescriptions.

Leisure concessions: Concessions are available to people with disabilities, or people receiving certain benefits, for various leisure and recreational activities. For example a free ticket for a person accompanying you to participating cinemas if you are registered severely sight impaired or if you are getting Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence payment or Attendance Allowance; and reduced price entry to museum and exhibitions as well as theatres and concert halls. You can call the venue for details of available concessions or call the RNIB on 0303 123 9999 for more information.

This list is not exhaustive, please feel free to contact either Mary or Laura. Alternatively, you can contact the RNIB on 0303 123 9999 and they will be happy to discuss in further detail.