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26/09/2017 NO REPRO FEE, MAXWELLS DUBLIN
Latest research shows it costs 18% more per week for people with sight loss to meet their minimum living requirements.
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It costs €44.54 more per week for a person with impaired vision to have a minimum standard of living, a standard below which no one should be expected to live [1]. That is a gap of 18% between the costs of a person with full sight and someone with impaired vision. This is according to new research published collaboratively by the National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) and the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ) today, which looked at the Minimum Essential Standard of Living (MESL) for a single adult with vision impairment. The largest additional costs relate to health, communication and household services.
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