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Accessible information

  • 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.

  • 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.

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On my street

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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

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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 

  • Improving rail assistance in the East Midlands

    Over the past few months, East Midlands volunteer campaigner, Sarah Leadbetter has been campaigning to improve rail assistance at Narborough train station.

  • VI awareness training starts at Nottingham Capital FM Arena

    Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, Claire Lawrence, begins training the staff at Nottingham Capital Arena in Visual Awareness in early January to continue to improve the service offered to the Arena's customers with sight loss.

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London

Campaigning news from London

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

  • Share your views on future rail provision in the North

    As you may be aware, the Government is currently undertaking a tender process to appoint new operators to run two rail services, Transpennine Express and Northern Rail from late 2015 onwards. We want to hear your experiences of the current services and what improvements you would like to see in any new service provision.

  • 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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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 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.

  • The latest on ending the “book famine”

    In Marrakech on 28 June 2013, a long standing campaign RNIB had been coordinating came to a successful end. Well, sort of... the UN adopted a landmark copyright treaty to enhance access to books for millions of blind or partially sighted people. However, for the UK to be able to use the Treaty, the EU must ratify it. But 18 months after the Treaty was agreed, this has still not happened.

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