McMillan welcomes new service for Blind and Partially Sighted constituents

“Following my request to extend the transcription service to the Scottish Parliament, I was delighted to hear that the service will soon be operating in Scotland,” said Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP – Greenock & Inverclyde).

Stuart McMillan MSP contacted both the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind) and Royal Mail who were offering a transcription service to help blind and partially sighted people communicate with their MP.

This service involves constituent’s letters being transcribed from Braille and audio by RNIB before being sent to the appropriate MPs with the opposite process carried out for replies. Royal Mail funds the service which will be completely confidential and free-of-charge to users.

Mr McMillan received a response from the Royal Mail confirming that they will now extend this service to the Scottish Parliament and allow easier access between blind and partially sighted constituents and MSPs.

Stuart McMillan has also lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating both the Royal Mail and RNIB for providing this service.

Stuart McMillan MSP said:

“As the former Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Visual Impairment I would like to congratulate RNIB and the Royal Mail for organising this service in the UK Parliament and asked them to consider extending it to include the Scottish Parliament.

“Many of the issues faced by people with visual impairment in Scotland are the remit of the Scottish Parliament and MSPs, so I was delighted to receive confirmation from the Royal Mail that the transcription service will now also include the Scottish Parliament.

“This is good news for blind and partially sighted people in Scotland, allowing for better communication between them and their MSPs.”

Motion to the Scottish Parliament

That the Parliament congratulates the Royal Mail and RNIB Scotland on extending their parliamentary transcription service to include communications between blind and partially-sighted people and their MSPs; notes that this service, supported by a grant from the Royal Mail, provides transcriptions of braille or audio communication into standard print and vice versa, and welcomes the extension of the scheme, which it believes will be of benefit to its service users in Greenock, Inverclyde and across Scotland.

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