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RNIB disappointed by Chancellor’s Autumn Statement

We are disappointed that key elements which could have addressed the additional costs of sight loss faced by blind and partially sighted people were missing from today’s Autumn Statement by the Chancellor. Additionally, as the Chancellor outlined the UK Government’s tax and spending plans for the next year, plans to tighten health-related benefits have caused alarm among blind and partially sighted people.

Posted Wednesday, 22 November 2023 News type: Press release

All I want for Christmas is… accessible health and care information

Blind and partially sighted people have a legal right to NHS and social care information they can read and understand. RNIB are calling to make this right a reality.

Posted Monday, 20 November 2023 News type: News story

Transgender Awareness Month: “I already feel victimised and marginalised enough due to my sight loss, let alone my gender identity”

We are in Transgender Awareness Month (November), which is recognised worldwide as an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues faced by transgender people, advocate for trans rights and celebrate the trans community.

Posted Friday, 17 November 2023 News type: Case study News type: Your Stories

2023 King’s Speech: What we did and didn’t hear

We are disappointed that more specific actions to tackle the day-to-day barriers people with sight loss face were not included in yesterday’s (7 November) King’s Speech.

Posted Wednesday, 8 November 2023 News type: News story

Urgent action needed to tackle Access to Work delays, RNIB tells Minister in joint letter

RNIB has joined forces with sight loss sector charities to write to Mel Stride MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to highlight the recent increase in outstanding Access to Work applications and emphasise the need for immediate action.

Posted Tuesday, 7 November 2023 News type: News story

Campaign victory: plans to close ticket offices in train stations are being scrapped

Today the Transport Secretary, Mark Harper, announced that he had asked train operators to withdraw plans to close over 800 ticket offices across England and at Glasgow Central station.

Posted Tuesday, 31 October 2023 News type: News story

Blind and partially sighted actors star in charity films aimed at getting people to think #BeforeYouAsk

Leading sight loss charity the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has released a series of humorous, yet challenging, #BeforeYouAsk short films as part of its See the Person, Not the Sight Loss campaign which aims to raise awareness of and dispel misconceptions about sight loss.

Posted Tuesday, 31 October 2023 News type: Press release

See Dining Differently in Derry this World Sight Day

On World Sight Day, Thursday 12 October, Northwest Regional College in Derry/Londonderry, played host to a special ‘Dining in the Dark’ experience for invited guests from local council, Chamber of Commerce, Health and Social Care, and local business.

Posted Friday, 13 October 2023 News type: Press release

Enough is enough: Delays in Government scheme continue to threaten blind and partially sighted people’s jobs

On behalf of the VI Charity Sector Partnership, RNIB is demanding urgent Government action to tackle unprecedented delays to the Access to Work scheme which are placing the jobs of many blind and partially sighted people at severe risk.

Posted Wednesday, 11 October 2023 News type: News story