Echo, April 15, 2004
Haverhill woman Barbara Walford expressed fears that changes in the way pensions were to be collected would cause problems for blind and partially sighted people.
Mrs Walford, 67, of Castle Lane, who was registered blind, used RNIB tools to help complete day to day tasks, including templates to enable her to sign her pension and cheque books in the right place.
She said the new Government-introduced system of collecting pensions via a cash card and PIN system at post office counters would be difficult or impossible for blind people to use because they would be unable to see the numbers.
Investment of nearly £400,000 at Samuel Ward upper School in Haverhill could see a floodlit multi-use games area, conference facilities and upgraded changing rooms.
The project would be funded by £198,000 from the Government’s New Opportunities Fund, £50,000 from the Football Foundation, £50,000 from the borough council and £10,000 from the Borders Cricket Club.