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On my street

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Accessible information

  • Making digital services accessible for all across Europe

    We all know how frustrating it is to come across what sounds like a great app, website, or online service, only to find out that it’s inaccessible. Well now we can really do something about it. The European Commission is determined to make Europe ‘go digital’ and plans to increase and improve online services - let's make sure nobody is left behind.

  • Major breakthrough on accessible information

    One of the last acts of the 2010-15 coalition government was to publish a review of alternative format communications by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Produced in conjunction with us, it represents an important breakthrough in our long-running campaign to secure change.

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Bus campaigning

  • Metroline commit to bus charter

    We had a huge breakthrough with our bus campaign this week; London based bus company, Metroline signed up to our bus charter on 18 March.

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    2015 Budget

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March, emphasising the need to put "economic security first", to ensure continued economic improvement, and a reduction in the deficit.

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Education campaigning

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Employment campaigns

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    2015 Budget

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March, emphasising the need to put "economic security first", to ensure continued economic improvement, and a reduction in the deficit.

  • Access to work changes announced

    The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper MP, has published a statement outlining a number of changes to the Access to Work Scheme (ATW). From October 2015, the Government will provide awards up to a limit set at one and half times the average salary (a limit of £40,800 per person per year), this will be up rated in line with the level of average salaries.

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Protecting welfare support

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    2015 Budget

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March, emphasising the need to put "economic security first", to ensure continued economic improvement, and a reduction in the deficit.

  • Improving Access to Work for disabled people

    We at RNIB strongly support the Access to Work scheme because it enables blind and partially sighted people of working age to become economically active and independent. On 19 December 2014, the Work and Pensions Select Committee released a report about how the Access to Work scheme is currently working, and how it can be improved.

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Save our sight

  • Clinical Commissioning Group U-turn on Avastin following RNIB intervention

    Over the past few months a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups in England have announced plans to stop using NICE approved treatments for wet Age-related Macular Degeneration. We've been campaigning hard to prevent this happening and are delighted that our pressure has paid off.

  • North East campaigners have say on eye health services

    Campaigners in Sunderland and South Tyneside voiced their concerns about support for people who lose their sight, how to prevent sight loss and the accessibility of health services at eye health engagement events at the beginning of March.

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Sight loss advisers

  • City centre tour highlights challenges faced by the visually impaired

    The challenges faced by blind and partially sighted people in busy city centres came under the spotlight in Exeter on 1 April when local sight loss adviser, Tracy Wilson, took leading Exeter councillors and key officers on a tour of the city centre.

  • Durham MP visits sight loss adviser in Sacriston

    Durham North MP Kevan Jones found out more about the vital support offered to Durham residents who have lost their sight when he visited a local sight loss adviser in Sacriston on 17 February.

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Social care

  • Local campaigners and Hull local society secure review of rehabilitation support

    Local campaigners, our Regional Campaigns Officer for Yorkshire and Humber, and Hull and East Riding Institute for the Blind have successfully campaigned for better rehabilitation support in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

  • Big win for the social care campaign

    On 24 October the Government published the Care Act regulations and guidance which set out how local authorities should provide care and support in England. There is a lot to be welcomed. Thanks so much to everyone who has got involved with our social campaign! Without this amazing amount of activity we would not have had such a huge impact on social care.

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Talking ATMs

  • Barclays, a beacon of good practice in accessibility

    Campaigners from across London and the South East made a series of visits to newly designed Barclays branches in London last month to assess the new design and discuss how the bank could make their services more accessible.

  • Great blog and video from Barclay's about talking ATMs

    Barclay's bank have put up a great blog on their website explaining how they came on board with the Talking ATMs campaign and led the sector in introducing the facility across their network.

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Envision network

  • Blind dates in European Parliament

    RNIB staff, volunteers and members of our Envision network attended and took part in the European Blind Union (EBU) “blind date” event in the European Parliament over 11 and 12 November.

  • Envision steering group met on 23 October 2014

    The latest Envision steering group meeting was held at our Judd Street office on 23 October in order for the group to plan the next stages of the network’s coffee shop campaign and to think about the next campaign and elections to the next steering group.

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Other campaigning

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    2015 Budget

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivered his final Budget before the General Election on 18 March, emphasising the need to put "economic security first", to ensure continued economic improvement, and a reduction in the deficit.

  • Campaigners meet with Parliamentary candidates

    Over the last few weeks, campaigners from across the North West have been meeting with their prospective parliamentary candidates to discuss local services for blind and partially sighted people in their constituencies.

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East of england

Campaigning news from the East of England 

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • Blindfold tiptoeing with Tulip

    Tulip Siddiq, the Labour Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Hampstead and Kilburn took part in a blindfold walk on 20 March to experience for herself some of the barriers encountered by local blind and partially sighted people.

  • Metroline commit to bus charter

    We had a huge breakthrough with our bus campaign this week; London based bus company, Metroline signed up to our bus charter on 18 March.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Swap with Me bus event coming to Greater Manchester

    Live in or around Bolton and travel by bus frequently? Join us at a 'Swap with me' event with First Bus in Bolton on 19 April to have the change to talk to drivers and share your experiences of travelling by bus. Places to attend are allocated on a first come first served basis so book your place today!

  • Campaigners meet with Parliamentary candidates

    Over the last few weeks, campaigners from across the North West have been meeting with their prospective parliamentary candidates to discuss local services for blind and partially sighted people in their constituencies.

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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

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West midlands

Campaigning news from the West midlands 

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Yorkshire and humber

Campaigning news from Yorkshire and Humber

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Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • Making digital services accessible for all across Europe

    We all know how frustrating it is to come across what sounds like a great app, website, or online service, only to find out that it’s inaccessible. Well now we can really do something about it. The European Commission is determined to make Europe ‘go digital’ and plans to increase and improve online services - let's make sure nobody is left behind.

  • Making apps accessible

    If you use a smart phone, or tablet, you’ll no doubt use apps. Unfortunately we all know how frustrating it is to come across what sounds like a great app, only to find out that it’s inaccessible that's why we're working to strengthen EU law in this area.

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