Campaigning news

On this page you will find the latest RNIB campaigning news by topic or region. Keep up to date with the latest issues by subscribing to our campaign update enewsletter.

On my street

  • “It’s somewhere I won’t ever go…”

    On Tuesday 22 November, volunteer campaigners Mohammed Mohsan Ali, Elise Crayton and Malcolm Johnson paid a visit to somewhere they would usually avoid: London’s iconic Oxford Street.

  • Solihull Council commits to accessible streets

    On 15 November, Solihull Borough Council became the first council in the West Midlands to launch a ‘street charter’ as part of our 'Who put that there!' campaign.

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Retail and Leisure

  • PureGym access

    Our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands is currently working with PureGym on an access to gyms campaign for blind and partially sighted people.

  • Beacon of hope

    Milton Keynes Volunteer Campaign Coordinator and RNIB Connect team member, Padma Cheriyan has been campaigning for a navigation system at her local shopping centre, Centre MK.

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Accessible information

  • People in the West Midlands tell their GPs they Need it to Read it

    Blind and partially sighted people across the West Midlands have been taking part in our Need it to Read it campaign and requesting their health information in a format they can read.

  • AD video on demand

    Have your say on On-Demand Programme Services

    Ofcom recently took over regulation of video on-demand services - such as Amazon Prime Instant Video and ITV Player - from the Authority for TV on Demand (ATVOD). Ofcom are consulting on how to measure the accessibility of these services and want to hear your views.

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Transport campaigning

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Education campaigning

  • Challenging planned cuts to services for children in Manchester

    Lucy Dixon, our Regional Campaigns Manager, has challenged Manchester City Council’s recent proposals to cut services for blind and partially sighted children, at a meeting with parents and other stakeholders on Wednesday 13 July.

  • Disabled Student Allowance consultation

    The Government has suggested changes to the way Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) is awarded, they want Higher Education providers to be responsible for providing more support directly. We are concerned that some blind and partially sighted students may not receive the level or quality of support that they need.

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Employment campaigns

  • Have your say on supporting disabled people in work

    The Government is seeking views on how to transform the employment prospects of disabled people. Don't miss this crucial chance to have your say.

  • Autumn Statement announcements

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, delivered the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November. Find out which announcements may impact on people with sight loss.

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Protecting welfare support

  • Autumn Statement announcements

    The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond MP, delivered the Autumn Statement on Wednesday 23 November. Find out which announcements may impact on people with sight loss.

  • MPs vote unanimously to postpone cuts

    After many months of hard work by disabled campaigners, MPs have voted to postpone proposed cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit.

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Eye health campaigning

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Sight loss advisers

  • Tracey Wilson with Ben Bradshaw

    Exeter MP visits vital sight loss adviser service

    Ben Bradshaw, MP for Exeter, met the sight loss adviser at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital on 6 April, to learn about her vital role for people experiencing sight loss.

  • MP visits Torbay's sight loss adviser

    Torbay MP, Kevin Foster, visited the sight loss adviser at Torbay Hospital on 12 February to learn more about the vital role of a sight loss adviser.

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Social care

  • New study shows importance of vision rehabilitation

    Cardiff University has carried out a study which demonstrates the difference that tailored vision rehabilitation services can make to the lives of blind or partially sighted people.

  • Thank you for making a difference – now help us go even further

    Supporters across England have been taking action as part of our See, Plan and Provide campaign over the last few months, and we’re already seeing some fantastic results. But with councils planning their budgets at the moment, we’re ready to step up the campaign – with your help.

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Envision network

  • Young campaigners attend party conferences

    This September and October, we took members of our young campaigners network, Envision to meet government ministers, MPs, shadow ministers and others, at the Labour and Conservative Party conferences.

  • Young campaigners visit Parliament

    Last month, members of Envision had a rare opportunity to visit Parliament. The event followed on from a day’s training on campaign skills, the role of Parliament and influencing MPs. Members also worked together to further develop their employment campaign.

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Other campaigning

  • We’ve got something exciting to tell you

    Earlier this year, we launched RNIB Connect, a growing community of blind and partially sighted people, their friends, family, carers and supporters of issues facing people with sight loss.

  • Child reading braille

    Bristol Water commit to accessible ID badges

    Following a local campaign, utility company Bristol Water has agreed to include information on their staff identity badges in Braille.

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East of england

Campaigning news from the East of England 

  • East of England campaigners ask “Who put that there!”

    Across the East of England, campaigners are tackling the many obstructions that can make it harder for blind and partially sighted people to get out and about, as part of our 'Who put that there!' campaign.

  • Shaping sensory service provision in Essex

    Our Campaigns Manager Michael Wilson, along with campaigner Phil Lee, attended a half day workshop hosted by Essex County Council looking at sensory service provision in the County.

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

  • PureGym access

    Our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands is currently working with PureGym on an access to gyms campaign for blind and partially sighted people.

  • GP visual awareness training in East Midlands

    Our East Midlands Regional Campaigns Officer, Claire Lawrence, recently ran visual awareness training sessions for over 50 GPs, medical students and Senior Nursing staff from across the region.

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • “It’s somewhere I won’t ever go…”

    On Tuesday 22 November, volunteer campaigners Mohammed Mohsan Ali, Elise Crayton and Malcolm Johnson paid a visit to somewhere they would usually avoid: London’s iconic Oxford Street.

  • Wandsworth councillors face street obstacles

    Richard Holmes, Regional Campaigns Officer for London, took two Wandsworth councillors on a blindfold walk on Thursday 27 October to help them understand the frustrations caused by inaccessible streets.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

  • Passengers swap places with bus drivers in Cumbria

    A group of blind and partially sighted people swapped places with Stagecoach bus drivers in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria on Thursday 22 September to demonstrate the barriers they face when travelling on buses.

  • Volunteer campaigner gets her message into living rooms

    Linda Wilson, Volunteer Campaign Coordinator in the North West, was featured on ITV Borders hosting an event for people with sight loss in Cockermouth as part of our Need it to Read it campaign.

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South east

Campaigning news from the South east 

  • Trading places

    “Is there any particular stop that you’d like to get off at?" Blind and partially sighted passengers trade places with drivers from the Oxford Bus Company to celebrate them signing up to our Bus Charter.

  • Reading shared space scheme a real turn off

    Reading Council have been changing junctions in the town which includes permanently switching off traffic lights. Find out more about what's happened to stop this.

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

  • MP joins blindfold walk in Midsomer Norton

    North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Mayor of Midsomer Norton, Paul Myers, joined campaigners on a blindfold walk around the town on Saturday 15 October as part of our 'Who put that there!' campaign.

  • New provider takes over vision rehabilitation in Dorset

    Dorset County Council has commissioned a new provider for vision rehabilitation services in the county who we met with recently to highlight the need for all services to meet our three step See, Plan and Provide standard.

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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

  • Photo of person walking with long cane

    Challenging vision rehabilitation services in North East Lincolnshire

    We met with North East Lincolnshire Council to discuss vision rehabilitation support as part of our see, plan and provide campaign. Find out what happened, and how you can support the campaign.

  • All A-Board for clear streets in York

    Maqsood Sheikh, our Regional Campaigns Officer for Yorkshire and Humber, spoke in favour of the City of York Council’s new policy to ban advertising boards (A-Boards), at their Executive’s meeting on Thursday 25 August.

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Europe and worldwide

Campaigning news from Europe and worldwide

  • “Book famine” treaty coming into force

    On 30 June 2016, Canada became the 20th country to ratify the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty should allow for thousands more accessible books to be available to blind and partially sighted people, both in the UK and elsewhere. Canada’s ratification on 30 June therefore means the Marrakech Treaty will come into force on 30 September 2016.

  • New EU law to make websites and apps more accessible

    We thrilled to announce that on 3 May, Members of the European Parliament reached a ground-breaking political deal with governments across Europe to ensure that all public sector websites and apps are made accessible.

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