Campaigning

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

  • Share your experience of the built environment in the West Midlands

    Do you find it hard to cross the road safely in your local area? Does bin collection day make it almost impossible for you to leave your house? We’re gathering information from blind and partially sighted people in the West Midlands about their experiences of accessing their local area.

  • Cycle superhighway protest at St. Thomas’ Hospital

    More than 100 people attended a protest on Tuesday 28 June outside St Thomas' Hospital against a proposed cycle scheme which could cause safety concerns for patients and visitors.

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Retail and Leisure

  • 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.

  • Retail challenge in Leeds

    Volunteer Campaign Coordinators Charlotte Proctor and Ann Kohler have been working with young people from the National Citizenship Service to raise awareness of the barriers people with sight loss face when shopping independently.

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Accessible information

  • “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.

  • Writing to your MP?

    A new scheme makes it easier for blind and partially sighted people to write to – and receive replies from – their MPs.

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Transport campaigning

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Education campaigning

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Employment campaigns

  • Money

    New Work and Pensions Secretary promises 'no plans' for further welfare cuts

    We were really pleased to hear on 21 March that the government has chosen not to proceed with any of the proposed changes to PIP. On top of this, Stephen Crabb MP told Parliament, that ‘we have no further plans to make welfare savings’. Find out more about the announcement.

  • Victory in defending PIP for people with sight loss!

    We’re absolutely thrilled that the Government has withdrawn its proposals to reduce PIP entitlement by changing the rules on the use of aids and appliances. This is fantastic news, thank you so much to everyone who took action on the campaign.

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Protecting welfare support

  • MP lobbied on Attendance Allowance

    Wells MP James Heappey met with South West Volunteer Campaign Coordinator Ian Brooks on 2 June to discuss our concerns about the future of Attendance Allowance.

  • Rebecca Long-Bailey MP takes action on volunteer’s concerns

    Eric McKinder, Volunteer Campaigns Coordinator in Salford, met with his MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey, on 2 June to discuss issues such as Attendance Allowance, and accessibility of Salford’s streets.

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Eye health campaigning

  • 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.

  • New cataracts toolkit on the way!

    Across England, a “postcode lottery” exists in the provision of cataract treatment as access to surgery is being unfairly restricted in some areas of the country. Have you had trouble accessing cataract surgery? Get in touch!

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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

  • See, Plan and Provide launches

    We’re really worried concerned that many blind and partially sighted people are failing to receive vital vision rehabilitation support. Our latest report, See, Plan and Provide offers a stark picture of inadequate access to assessments and support for vision rehabilitation.

  • Blind and partially sighted people push for Rotherham vision rehabilitation services

    On Thursday 9 June, people with sight loss met with key figures from Rotherham Council to raise their concerns about the current state of Rotherham’s vision rehabilitation services.

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Envision network

  • 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.

  • Sign up for exciting young campaigns network training event

    Are you 18-30 and blind or partially sighted? Sign up to join RNIB's young campaigns network's training day on access to employment and campaigning skills by 7 September.

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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 

  • Norwich councillors undertake blindfold walk challenge

    On 25 April, Norwich resident Joy Croft took two local councillors on a blindfold walk to highlight how the removal of accessible pelican crossings is turning the city centre into a ‘no-go’ area for people with sight loss.

  • Campaigning for better audio announcements on trains in the East of England

    Campaigners in the East of England are fed up with the audio announcements being turned off on trains and are working hard to persuade rail operators to stop this happening. They’d like to encourage other passengers to raise this issue with their local operators.

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East midlands

Campaigning news from the East midlands 

  • 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.

  • Easy Link Bus service launches in Nottingham

    Nottingham City Council have replaced their Dial a Ride bus service with a newer and more efficient Easy Link Bus service for disabled people to use throughout Nottingham City.

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London

Campaigning news from London

  • Cycle superhighway protest at St. Thomas’ Hospital

    More than 100 people attended a protest on Tuesday 28 June outside St Thomas' Hospital against a proposed cycle scheme which could cause safety concerns for patients and visitors.

  • No place for shared space

    The campaign to see a meaningful discussion about the issue of shared space was again raised in Parliament on Monday 13 June.

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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 

  • 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.

  • Brighton bus accessibility day celebrating our Bus Charter

    Campaigners from across London and the south east joined members of the public in Brighton for a Bus Accessibility Day on 19 May to celebrate Brighton and Hove Buses and their sister company Metro Buses, signing up to our bus charter.

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South west

Campaigning news from the South west 

  • MP lobbied on Attendance Allowance

    Wells MP James Heappey met with South West Volunteer Campaign Coordinator Ian Brooks on 2 June to discuss our concerns about the future of Attendance Allowance.

  • Devon drops plan to increase social care charges

    Following objections from us, local residents and other organisations, Devon County Council has abandoned plans to increase charges for social care services.

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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

  • “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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