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On my street

  • Newham Councillors take blindfold walk challenge

    Councillors from the London Borough of Newham and local volunteer campaigner, Mohammed Mohsan Ali, took part in a blindfold walk around the area on 21 July to highlight the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face when getting out and about in the area.

  • Telford Councillor goes on blindfold walk

    Councillor Overton, Deputy Leader of Telford Council, took part in a blindfold walk on 20 July with local campaigner John Walker in order to understand the difficulties blind and partially sighted people when getting out and about in the area.

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Retail and Leisure

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Accessible information

  • Success! A win in the fight for accessible information

    NHS England has brought in an accessible information standard. This new standard means people with sight loss should now receive information such as appointment reminders and test results in an accessible format 'by right and without a fight'.

  • Help make the Bowel Cancer Screening Programme accessible

    A growing number of blind and partially sighted people have been in touch with us about how inaccessible parts of the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Programme can be. We've raised this with Public Health England but need your help to build up a case for this issue.

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Bus campaigning

  • Essex volunteer takes part in driver training with First Bus

    Essex Volunteer Campaign Leader Phil Lee joined First Bus drivers for a day of training at their Chelmsford depot on 27 April, to highlight the challenges faced by their blind and partially sighted passengers.

  • First bus drivers swap places with passengers with sight loss

    Our latest Swap with Me event came to the First Bus depot in Bolton on Sunday 19 April. A group of blind and partially sighted passengers swapped places with First bus drivers and staff in order to understand the difficulties blind and partially sighted people face when travelling by bus.

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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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    Proposed abolition of Work-Related Activity payment

    In his July Budget, the Chancellor announced changes to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for future claimants placed in the Work-Related Activity Group (WRAG).

  • The July 2015 Budget

    On the 8th July, George Osborne announced the budget. We welcome the fact that the rumoured taxation of Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and working-age Disability Living Allowance (DLA) has not materialised.

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Save our sight

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Sight loss advisers

  • All hail the Kings

    We have great news! After continued campaigning, this month King’s Hospital in Denmark Hill based in South East London, are introducing a sight loss adviser service to their eye department.

  • Set up a sight loss adviser service in your area

    Eye departments across the UK are increasingly seeing the benefit of having a sight loss adviser, also known as an ECLO (Eye Clinic Liaison Officer) as part of a core service provision for patients.

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Social care

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Envision network

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Other campaigning

  • Tech support in the East Midlands

    Sarah Leadbetter, a Volunteer Campaign Co-ordinator, has formed her own technology support group in Leicestershire. Find out more and how you can join.

  • Stevenage volunteer wins court case

    Siobhan Dilley is celebrating after her court victory against a taxi driver who refused to take Siobhan and her guide dog Mac.

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East of england

Campaigning news from the East of England 

  • Colchester Mayor takes blindfold walk challenge

    Local campaigners Phil Lee and Sam Tracey took Councillor Theresa Higgins, Mayor of Colchester, on a blindfold walk to highlight the challenges of A-boards, cafe furniture and a lack of rotating cones at crossings along Colchester High Street.

  • Stevenage volunteer wins court case

    Siobhan Dilley is celebrating after her court victory against a taxi driver who refused to take Siobhan and her guide dog Mac.

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • Newham Councillors take blindfold walk challenge

    Councillors from the London Borough of Newham and local volunteer campaigner, Mohammed Mohsan Ali, took part in a blindfold walk around the area on 21 July to highlight the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face when getting out and about in the area.

  • BeTwicks and between obstacles

    London volunteer campaigner, Jackie Venus made a film of her walk around the centre of Twickenham on 3 July in order to show her experiences of the many obstacles she faces each time she goes out.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • MP takes blindfold walk around Clitheroe

    A blindfold walk around Clitheroe was held with Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley, Council officers and Lancashire volunteer campaigner Mike Tupper on 11 July in order to highlight the main street obstructions in the town centre.

  • Envision campaigner meets North West MEP

    Envision member, Alba de Toro Nozal met with North West MEP, Afzal Khan in Manchester on 19 June to talk about accessible apps and everyday goods.

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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

  • Bath councillors take part in 'blindfold' walk

    Leading Bath councillors Anthony Clarke and Martin Veale took part in a blindfold walk around Bath on 8 July to highlight the challenges that blind and partially sighted people face when getting out and about in their local areas.

  • Exeter's Health and Wellbeing Board backs our street charter

    Following a blindfold walk around the city centre held in April and further campaigning by our fantastic supporters, Exeter city Council's Health and Wellbeing Board have now agreed to develop a clear streets charter.

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West midlands

Campaigning news from the West midlands 

  • Telford Councillor goes on blindfold walk

    Councillor Overton, Deputy Leader of Telford Council, took part in a blindfold walk on 20 July with local campaigner John Walker in order to understand the difficulties blind and partially sighted people when getting out and about in the area.

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    Clinical Commissioning Group u-turn on eye treatment policy following RNIB intervention

    We've been lobbying Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group for many months to ensure that patients with wet age-related macular degeneration can access all the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approved treatments for their condition.

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Yorkshire and humber

Campaigning news from Yorkshire and Humber

  • Engaging with waste management in Leeds

    Leeds volunteer campaigner Charlotte Proctor met with Leeds City Council waste management on 27 May to encourage them to engage more positively with blind and partially sighted people in the city.

  • Tackling A-boards in the East Riding of Yorkshire

    RNIB volunteer campaigners Dianne Woodford and Ann Kohler met with enforcement and policy officers from the East Riding of Yorkshire Council during May to discuss street obstructions across the county.

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Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • Envision campaigner meets North West MEP

    Envision member, Alba de Toro Nozal met with North West MEP, Afzal Khan in Manchester on 19 June to talk about accessible apps and everyday goods.

  • A car crash waiting to happen?

    Electric and hybrid cars present a real risk to blind and partially sighted people. That's why we're working with the UN to ensure that their global regulation on these silent vehicles meet our concerns.

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