Sunday Post: Blind injustice: Experts warn visually impaired are losing lifeline benefit because of incompetent testing

14 January 2019
Source: Sunday Post

Blind people are being denied crucial benefits because the official assessors do not  understand sight loss, experts have warned. A leading charity for the blind and visually impaired has warned assessors lack the specialist knowledge to make informed judgements about whether people should receive Personal Independence Payment (PIP). PIP is a non-means-tested benefit for disabled people who need help with

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Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill Survey

7 January 2019
Source: Scottish Parliament

A short survey by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to gather the views of individuals and organisations on the proposals in the Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill. Why should I respond? The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill would reduce the default speed limit on most urban and residential streets in Scotland

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Optometry Scotlland: Updated GOS terms announced for Scotland. Regulation changes focus on person-centred care

4 October 2018
Source: Optometry Scotland

New terms for General Ophthalmic Services (GOS) came into force in Scotland on 1st October, following negotiations between the Scottish Government and Optometry Scotland. The updates build on the recommendations made in The Community Eyecare Services Review report published in April 2017, more than 10 years after the introduction of free NHSfunded eye examinations in Scotland. The new arrangements give

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The Herald: Anger as opticians in Ayrshire told not to refer patients for second cataracts op to ease waiting times

10 August 2018

Patients in Ayrshire are being refused cataract surgery on a second eye under new restrictions designed to cut waiting times. Opticians are said to be frustrated over the move, which was described as a “false economy” by sight loss campaigners. It is understood that the new rules have been implemented to ease pressure on ophthalmology, amid a shortage of surgeons

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Too many Scots with diabetes are failing to attend check-ups that can save their sight, warn charities

8 May 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

              The charities RNIB Scotland and Diabetes Scotland have been nominated for a major award for a campaign created to highlight the potential threat diabetes can pose to people’s eyesight. But they warn that too many people living with the condition in Scotland are failing to attend vital eye-screening examinations that can pick up

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Sight loss charity RNIB welcomes Highland Council’s second thoughts on ‘shared spaces’

12 December 2017
Source: RNIB Scotland

Sight loss charity RNIB Scotland has welcomed a decision by Highland Council to reconsider moves to make Castle Wynd in Inverness a ‘shared space’. Under the original plans, the area would have been levelled with pedestrians and drivers all using the same thoroughfare. However, RNIB Scotland, along with a number of other national and local disability groups, said this would

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Scottish Government: A review of low vision service provision in Scotland

29 June 2017
Source: Scottish Government

19/04/17 An independent review of low vision service provision across Scotland carried out by NHS Education for Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government Low vision services aim to enable people with loss of vision to regain or maintain as much independence and autonomy as possible, and can include rehabilitation, visual aids, emotional support and advice. Low vision is common

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AOP: Children in Scotland missing out on vital eye examination

14 October 2016
Source: Association of Optometrists

As Scottish students return to school after the half term break, the Association of Optometrists (AOP) is urging parents to prepare their children for the classroom by booking an eye examination this autumn. Public perception surveys previously found that parents in Scotland place less importance on children’s eye examinations than those in Northern Ireland or Wales. Yet recent data published

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Scottish 20mph Default Moves Closer

13 June 2016
Source: 20's Plenty

The first Scottish 20mph Conference moved the debate forward on a National 20mph limit.  20mph was clearly popular amongst delegates with 95% “favouring a national default 20mph limit”. Conference-goers agreed 20’s Plenty. The Scottish Government can lead on a 20mph default for built up areas as best value for money in raising everyday road safety and liveability. The City of

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British Blind Sport – First Steps Project

1 June 2016
Source: British Blind Sport

The leading national charity for visually impaired sport in the UK, British Blind Sport, is delighted to announce the launch of the pilot project, First Steps in Scotland. With many visually impaired children struggling with physical activity due to the lack of inclusive PE at mainstream schools and a personal fear of failure or low confidence, this often leaves them

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