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

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Retail and Leisure

  • Start 2017 right with free personal training

    Claire Lawrence, our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, and campaigns volunteer Dan Powell, are looking for blind and partially sighted people who would be interested in free sessions with a personal trainer.

  • 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.

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Accessible information

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Transport campaigning

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Education campaigning

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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

  • Picture shows view of Parliament from across Westminster Bridge

    One last push on Employment and Support Allowance

    With only one in four blind and partially sighted people in employment, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is a vital benefit and the main source of income for thousands of people with sight loss. We need your help to ensure that the Government don't go ahead with the cut.

  • Attendance Allowance campaign win

    We're thrilled to announce that Attendance Allowance has been protected for older people with sight loss. Attendance Allowance helps people aged 65 and over to meet the extra costs of their disability and to ensure that they're able to live as independent a life as possible.

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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

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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 

  • Start 2017 right with free personal training

    Claire Lawrence, our Regional Campaigns Officer for the East Midlands, and campaigns volunteer Dan Powell, are looking for blind and partially sighted people who would be interested in free sessions with a personal trainer.

  • 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.

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • London MP commits to safer streets after blindfold walk

    James Berry MP has agreed to help improve the safety of a London campaigner’s local high street, after he joined her for a walk down the street wearing a blindfold.

  • Action needed on mental health

    Richard Holmes, our Regional Campaigns Officer for London, spoke at an inquiry on Thursday 12 January, explaining how levels of mental ill health among blind and partially sighted people could be reduced.

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North east

Campaigning news from the North East 

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North west

Campaigning news from the North west 

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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 

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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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