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Blind People Severely Hit By Council Cuts

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 10 September 2013

The charity, the RNIB has published a report which says blind and partially sighted people are being left isolated in their own homes as a result of funding cuts. The RNIB says that around 19,000 blind and partially-sighted people in Northamptonshire relying on just one County Council rehabilitation officer.

Reporter Tom Percival sets out the detail of the report. Stuart talks to Claire Lawrence from the local branch of the RNIB, to Janice Tillett from Northampton who was born partially sighted, and to John Wood from the Northamptonshire Association for the Blind, based in Kingsthorpe.

Also:

* the latest on the effect of work to enlarge the Stanion and Eurohub roundabout which will connect to the new A43 Corby link road

* the mother of a Corby teenager says she's taking legal action against Tresham College after her disabled daughter was told she couldn't join a beauty therapy course

* Northampton General Hospital has become one of the first in the country to use a new piece of life-saving equipment on skin cancer patients

* a catch-up with Nicolas Kernick and his University friend, Alex Hurst, who are cycling 8,000 miles along the historic Silk Road between Istanbul and Shanghai in aid of two charities

* more than 1,000 Corby school children swimming, running and cycling in the annual Kids of Steel Triathlon, organised by Tata Steel

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