Mark Godfrey, Joint Chair of the Physical and Sensory Impairment and HIV/AIDS Network would like to draw your attention to the following:

The Care Act 2014, which comes into effect from April 2015, is the biggest legal change to the care and support system in England for many years, placing specific new duties on councils. The Act is built around people’s individual needs and goals, and putting people in control of their own care and support. 

Under the Act, local authorities have a legal duty to keep a register of adults who are severely sight impaired and sight impaired who are ordinarily resident in their area. 

In keeping with developments in the way sight impairments are classified this reflects the new terminology to be used in place of the terminology relating to current duties to keep registers i..e. “blind” and “partially sighted”. The new terminology does not reflect any change in the meaning of the current classification and therefore it is recommended that the registers are noted to the effect that the registration of someone as “severely sight impaired” constitutes registration of the person as “blind” and that registration of someone as “sight impaired” constitutes registration of that person as “partially sighted” for those purposes.

Statutory guidance to support implementation of Part 1 of the Care Act 2014 by local authorities was published on 23 October 2014 at  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation