Podcast mini series shines light on extra financial support

Posted: Tuesday 02 January 2024
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Living with sight loss may entitle you to extra financial support to help with day-to-day costs, but do you know what you can claim?

As the cost of living crisis continues as we head into the new year, the Macular Society will provide additional advice and information on how the benefits available to people living with sight loss, how they help and the process involved to make a claim.

Bitesize Benefits

As part of the regular My Macular and Me podcast, a new mini series called Bitesize Benefits will cover a range of topics related to financial support.

The first three episodes will focus on Personal Independence Payment. New episodes will be rolled out over the first few months of the year, with the first being released on Thursday 18 January.

The Bitesize Benefits episodes will be co-hosted by Macular Society interim director of services, Emma Malcolm, as well as Working Age and Young People’s Service manager, Colin Daniels.

Colin said: “Understanding which benefits and financial support are available to people with sight loss can be a minefield, so we will be tackling that and breaking down what people may be entitled to.

“We’ll look into the perceived barriers in terms of the application process, exploring how to apply for the different benefits available, as well as the assessment and how a decision is made.

“There are many additional costs involved for people living with sight loss, such as extra taxi or other transport fares and increased lighting bills at home, but there are benefits to help and we can show you how.”

The Macular Society’s My Macular and Me podcast episodes can be found on all popular podcasting platforms including: Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, and Google Podcasts.

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