Ann Jones AM launches local welfare rights service

Labour AM for the Vale of Clwyd Ann Jones has officially launched a service which will provide blind and partially sighted people in Wrexham and Denbighshire with welfare benefit advice and support.

The new service is being run by RNIB Cymru, in partnership with Vision Support, and was launched today at an event at Morfa Hall in Rhyl.

Ann Jones said:

“It was a real privilege to launch the welfare rights and signposting service for blind and partially sighted people in Denbighshire and Wrexham.

“Services like this are vitally important, both for now and the future.

“It important now because there are currently some 1,000 people living in Denbighshire who are registered as being visually impaired.

“It’s also important for the future as the number of people living with sight loss is expected to increase dramatically – almost doubling to 4 million people across the UK.”

Ceri Jackson, Director of RNIB Cymru, said:

“We know that a third of blind and partially sighted people are living in poverty, but also that a significant number are under claiming the benefits they are entitled to – partly because of difficulties in applying for benefits and partly because they are unaware that they are eligible.

“In other parts of Wales where we are running a similar service, we have been able to support people to claim, on average, an extra £57 a week. This is money that is making a real difference to people’s lives: people are now able to afford to heat their homes, to look after themselves better and to get out and about because of the extra money they are receiving.

“We are delighted that we are now able to offer this service to people living in Wrexham and Denbighshire, and would encourage anyone who thinks the service might be able to help them to get in touch.”