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Oldham Council respond to blind support claims

“Following a meeting with Ms Legowski on July 25 a new care plan was agreed with her on a slightly reduced basis

“If Ms Legowski feels this does not meet her needs we would ask her to get in touch with us.

“We have not been made aware of any complaint in relation to this new arrangement.”

– Oldham Council

Charity worried the blind are losing council support

A disability charity claims blind people could end up being trapped in their own homes by the government's new welfare assessment.

The Royal National Institute for the Blind say support from local councils for the visually impaired has fallen by more than a third in this region in the past eight years.

Their findings are backed up by Rebecca Legofski from Oldham - who says the help she gets has just been cut by a third.

Our correspondent, Matt O'Donoghue, has been to meet her:

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RNIB claim less help available for visually impared

Woman having an eye examination Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Local council support to enable visually impared people to live independently is continuing to fall dramatically.

Latest figures from the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the North West show users have dropped by 1%.

That's 40% fewer residents getting help over the past 8 years