My partner went to the job centre on Friday for his meeting prior to signing on. There had already been a bit of a problem as they clearly didn’t know about putting information into Braille for him. When he got there he was told by the person he met with that they had only encountered one other blind person in the last 30 years. Their assumption was that all blind people are on incapacity benefit.
My partner asked for an appointment with a DEA and was told that, although there is one based at Arnold, she has the summer off to be with her children. They were unable to tell my partner when she’d be back to work. They were also unable to tell him how much benefit he’d receive on job-seeker’s allowance.
So, all in all, a very demoralising experience. Its no wonder a lot of blind people don’t even bother to look for work if that’s the attitude they are met with when they try.