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Ensure blind and partially sighted people have easy access to the vaccine

Working with the RNIB, Caroline has been raising concerns over the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccination for blind and partially sighted people.

The reply from London's Joint Chief Regional Nurse is encouraging, but clearly a lot more needs to be done, especially at a national level, to ensure all information is accessible. We must ensure access to the vaccine is as easy as possible for all of those with disabilities.

No excuse for a slow train approach to passenger safety

Caroline Pidgeon, Liberal Democrat London Assembly Member, commenting on the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) investigation report into the fatality at Eden Park train station on the 26 February 2020, where a blind man suffered fatal injuries after falling from the edge of a platform without tactile paving, said:

“In 2021 it is staggering that one third of platforms around the country lack tactile paving, a basic safety measure, simply because it is only installed when there are major station renovations.

Cladding scheme leaves thousands in dangerous homes and facing expensive bills

Caroline Pidgeon has strongly criticised the Government's latest scheme to address the cladding and fire safety scandal, which would see leaseholders paying to fix cladding defects which are no fault of their own, and leave other fire safety defects unaddressed.

Caroline said:

This Government announcement flies in the face of the Prime Minister’s assurance just last week that no leaseholders would have to pay the costs for remediation.

London Assembly calls for funding to support a Cenotaph to honour NHS workers

The London Assembly has voted unanimously for Caroline Pidgeon's motion, calling for an Emergency Services Cenotaph in London to pay tribute to those who have worked and volunteered for the NHS and other emergency services across the UK.

Two million emergency services and NHS workers are currently on the frontline helping the UK fight against COVID-19. It is more important than ever to recognise the bravery of those who have risked their lives to protect others from the devasting impacts of the pandemic.

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