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On my street

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Retail and Leisure

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Accessible information

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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

  • RNIB responds to PIP taxation threat

    It has been strongly rumoured that one of the measures to be announced in the Chancellor’s upcoming Budget statement on July 8 could be the taxation of Personal Independence Payment (and possibly Disability Living Allowance for those aged 16-64 and not yet transferred to PIP).

  • Victory in High Court after PIP delays ruled 'unlawful'

    On 5 June 2015 the High Court ruled that a delay in paying Personal Independence Payment (PIP) benefits to two disabled people was "unlawful" and "unacceptable". The two claimants waited nine months for PIP, which left them "dependent on loan sharks and food banks".

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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

  • 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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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 

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • 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.

  • All A-board

    We’ve been working hard with Transport for London (TfL) and London’s 33 boroughs to seek a common position on advertising boards.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Improving access to hospitals

    East Lancashire volunteer campaigner, Mike Tupper, is busy leading on work with his local Hospital Trust in improving signage across all five of its hospitals.

  • 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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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

  • New MP takes blindfold walk challenge

    Rebecca Pow, the new MP for Taunton Deane in Somerset, took part in a blindfold walk around Taunton town centre on 1 April to highlight the problems caused by street furniture.

  • 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.

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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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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