Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans engage in policy development and research to take forward our aim to secure positive change for people with vision impairment.

We believe it is vital that decision-makers at every level of government are aware of the needs and experiences of people who are affected by vision impairment when they make key decisions on issues like reform of public services or the future of healthcare.

This work is part of securing our vision to see a Scotland in which blind and partially sighted people, including those who have other disabilities, are fully included and live fulfilling lives.

Below are Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans' responses to government and parliamentary consultations, as well as information on policy campaigns the charities are taking forward.

Allemuir resident and a staff member talk

Consultation Documents

Incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

12 August 2019 - Incorporation offers an opportunity to place children's rights on the strongest possible footing.

Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland, 2019-2024

12 August 2019 - We welcome the Scottish Government's Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy and the comprehensive twelve outcomes. The strategy’s focus on rehabilitation is encouraging but it is crucial this is backed with investment.

Public Health Scotland - new national body

8 July 2019 - Royal Blind and Scottish War Blinded welcome the proposal to establish Public Health Scotland.

Consultation on Disability Assistance

27 May 2019 - Royal Blind is broadly supportive of the proposed approach to the delivery of disability assistance.

Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill

25 January 2019 - Sight Scotland and Sight Scotland Veterans responded to the consultation by the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on the Bill.

Response to Draft NHS Education for Scotland Strategy 2019-2024

15 January 2019 - NHS Education for Scotland consulted stakeholders on its Strategy for 2019-2024.

Response on Equality & Human Rights Commission draft strategic plan

7 January 2019 - The Equality & Human Rights Commission ran a consultation on the aims outlined in its strategic plan 2019-2022.

UK Government's Strategy for Our Veterans

7 February 2019 - In November 2018, the UK Government published Strategy for Our Veterans, setting out aims and principles to meet the needs of older veterans as well as the wider veteran community over the next ten years.