Vital service for blind

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Many of your readers may not be aware that local councils provide rehabilitation services for blind and partially sighted people.

These important services provide advice and equipment to people with sight loss to boost their confidence, and learn key skills to help them live independently.

This service is vital and should be available to people. I am very concerned to hear from RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) that funding for these services is being cut by local authorities across England, and that the number of rehabilitation officers is dropping.

I understand that our local council is looking at their budgets for next year, and I hope that they will protect the funding for rehabilitation support for blind and partially sighted people.

Any reassurance from local councillors on this issue would be most welcome.

For more details, you can take a look at www.rnib.org.uk/socialcarecampaign, ask your readers to imagine what it would be like if they were to lose their sight, ask them to close their eyes for a few moments and think about how they would do tasks around the home.  

How would readers feel if they had just lost their sight and they were told that there was nobody there to provide them with support? Rehabilitation services are vital to blind and partially sighted people.

Peter Bennetts

Berkley Street,

South Shields.