Department of Transport: Review of Blue Badge fraud as scheme is extended to those with ‘hidden disabilities’

18 June 2019
Source: Department for Transport

• Blue Badge scheme to be extended to people who have less visible disabilities, making journeys more accessible • This change to the scheme is the biggest in nearly 50 years with the extended criteria coming into force on 30 August. • Review also launched into Blue Badge fraud and ways of reducing misuse. People with hidden disabilities will soon

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Sunday Post: Sight tests scrapped for blind people claiming lifeline benefit

18 June 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people will no longer be asked to read letters from an eye chart to get a lifeline benefit. Assessments for Personal Independence Payments (PIP) – which are carried out on behalf of the government by a private company – will also be reviewed to make them fairer to people with sight loss. The changes come after The Sunday Post

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Professor Deborah Bowman MBE appointed to GOC Council

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17 June 2019
Source: General Optical Council

Deborah Bowman has been appointed as the newest lay member of the General Optical Council (GOC) as of 1 September 2019 for a period of four years. Deborah will replace Selina Ullah, whose term finishes on 31 August 2019. Deborah is Professor of Bioethics & Clinical Ethics and Deputy Principal (Institutional Affairs) at St. George’s, University of London. Her academic

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Sight loss charities join forces to launch online advice hub

17 June 2019
Source: Sight Advice FAQ

  The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), Guide Dogs, Visionary, VICTA, Fight for Sight and Vision UK are working together to provide blind and partially sighted people with easy to access high-quality information about sight loss. Working in partnership, the sight loss charities have shared their expertise to create the new website, http://www.sightadvicefaq.org.uk which pulls together content from

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Guide Dogs release free sighted guiding resources for all

14 June 2019
Source: Guide Dogs

Whether you have a vision impairment yourself, or have a loved one who needs your support, the charity Guide Dogs can help. Guide Dogs has recently released a set of sighted guiding videos, full of hints and tips to make life easier. They can offer: • Online videos demonstrating how best to guide your loved one in a range of

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Fight for Sight calls for new round of applications for its Small Grant Awards with charity partners

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13 June 2019
Source: Fight for Sight

Fight for Sight is partnering with five national charities with shared research interests to offer their Small Grant Awards, for which it is now inviting applications. Each Small Grant Award will be jointly funded by Fight for Sight and the respective charity partner, and will offer up to £15,000 to clinical or research scientists to conduct stand-alone research projects for

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AGE UK Switched Off: Save free TV for older people

13 June 2019
Source: Age UK

Vision UK is very happy to support the Age UK petition to save free TV licences for older people. For over a million of the oldest people in our country, television is their main form of company. Right now, that’s under threat.  Sign the petition to save free TV for older people. The BBC has announced they plan to means

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International Glaucoma Association vacancy: Communication & Engagement Manager

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13 June 2019
Source: International Glaucoma Association

Organisation: International Glaucoma Association (IGA) Position: Communication & Engagement Manager Hours of work: Full time, 35 hours per week Contract: Permanent: Salary: £30,000 – £32,000 per annuam Location: Ashford, Kent Closing date: 8 July 2019 Proposed interview date: 17 July 2019 About you We’re looking for someone with creative vision to lead all our external and internal communications and to

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BBC: Blindness: Wales’ eye care waiting times risk sight loss

12 June 2019
Source: BBC News

Almost 35,000 people at risk of permanent sight loss are waiting too long for eye care, according to new statistics from the Welsh Government. It has introduced a new target aimed at prioritising the most urgent patients and preventing those with treatable conditions losing their sight. The figures mean almost 35% of all patients in the highest risk category waited

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Vision UK CEO given the Freedom of the City of London

11 June 2019
Source: Vision UK

 Vision UK is the independent partnership organisation which works with organisations in the eye health, sight loss sector and beyond for the benefit of blind and partially sighted people, their communities and the general population including those at risk of sight loss. Matt Broom joined VISION 2020 UK on 2011 to implement the organisation’s strategic plans and operations. He was

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