Association of Optometrists response to the Green Paper on prevention

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24 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the ambitious goal for a smoke-free society in the Government’s green paper, Advancing our health: prevention in the 2020s. The AOP recently launched a campaign to highlight the damaging impact smoking has on eye health. Our campaign, Stub it out, was inspired by our members telling us that they think not smoking is the

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Association of Optometrists response to Government Road Safety Statement 2019

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22 July 2019
Source: Association of Optometrists

The Association of Optometrists (AOP) welcomes the Government’s commitment to consider mandatory eyesight tests for older drivers, set out in The Road Safety Statement 2019 published today. The report and action plan, released by the Department for Transport, addresses a host of road safety issues including medical fitness to drive. It rightly highlights the importance of good eyesight for road

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Abilitynet: Government identifies body to enforce website accessibility – now will they step up to the task?

16 August 2018
Source: Abilitynet

The UK Government has recently published its response to a consultation process on its plans to implement European accessibility legislation for public sector websites. In it, the Government clearly states who will be monitoring and reporting on websites and apps and who will be enforcing the law – but will proactive enforcement finally become a reality? Which websites and apps

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BBC: Access to work: Funding increase for disabled workers

22 March 2018
Source: BBC

The maximum amount disabled people can claim to help them access employment is set to increase to £57,000 a year. This is a £15,000 – or 38% – rise from the current cap on Access to Work funding, which was introduced in 2015. The work and pensions secretary said the move was part of the government’s commitment to have one

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Independent: UN denounces British government for failing to protect disabled peoples’ rights

4 September 2017
Source: The Independent

The Government has been criticised by the United Nations for failing to uphold the rights of disabled people through a string of austerity policies. An inquiry into the UK’s progress in fulfilling its commitments to a major UN convention found ministers have failed people with disabilities through a catalogue of policies in recent years, affecting a range of areas from

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More vision checks could have a life-changing impact for dementia sufferers, an MP has claimed

18 April 2016
Source: Optical Confederation

In a Commons debate, Jim Shannon MP said that sight loss is a challenge that is ‘often overlooked’ by carers and NHS staff that support people with dementia.

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RNIB Scotland: Disabled peoples voices yet to be heard in Scottish Parliament election

18 April 2016
Source: RNIB Scotland

A consortium of Scottish charities is calling on the next Scottish Parliament to use its new welfare powers to reshape disability benefits, and launch a national campaign to counter the prejudice and stigma many disabled people still face.

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Jim Shannon, DUP MP for Strangford, visited Telford Opticians in his constituency to learn about the importance of having regular sight tests

Jim Shannon MP

15 April 2016
Source: Optical Confederation

Jim Shannon MP met with Optometry Northern Ireland and the Optical Confederation on Wednesday 6th April at Telford Opticians in Newtownards, to discuss the importance of having regular sight tests

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Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds calls on constituents to look after their eyesight by having regular eye tests

Emma Reynolds MP

12 April 2016
Source: Optical Confederation

MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, visited Prab Boparai Opticians in Bushbury on 11th March to find out why regular sight tests are so important in preventing blindness

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