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Needless deaths caused by government spending cuts

Health and social care spending cuts have led to 120,000 needless deaths over the last seven years. A report in the British Medical Journal exposed the dramatic figures.
Those are the very cuts that we with multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, and other […]

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Sickness and disability benefit errors to cost £500m to correct underpayments

Errors in working out benefit payments mean 75,000 claimants are owed money that will cost £500m to repay. That’s an average of more than £6,000 per person.
The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) actually found the mistakes itself. And […]

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I am sorry. I didn’t know you have MS, and don’t understand what it is

“Oh, I am sorry.”
How often do you hear that? I am not referring to a normal everyday apology. No, I am talking about when someone hears, for the first time, that you have multiple sclerosis, or other serious illness or […]

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Assessment complaints for disability benefit up nearly 900% in a year

Complaints about assessments for a key government disability benefit have rocketed by 880% in 12 months, according to official figures. It is a benefit paid to people with diseases like multiple sclerosis and those with other disabilities.
Yes, claimants’ complaints about […]

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Disability benefits stopped because government doesn’t understand variable conditions

It’s true. People with variable diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, have known this for some time. It has now been proved. The government does NOT understand variable conditions.
The UK’s Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decision to deny the payment […]

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Impact of MS on life need not always be negative

MS does impact my life. That may seem to be an obvious statement but let’s look a little deeper. There is more to this than meets the eye.
Yes, of course, this disease has many negative impacts on me, my life […]

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Beach accessibility is OK, but what about the sea?

I live 15 minutes from the beach, where the sun shines around the year, and accessibility for wheelchairs is provided. That’s good news for people with disabilities, like me with multiple sclerosis, and other wheelchair users.
That’s me on the beach […]

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Disability benefit cuts are still a real risk

This week is the first of the six-week summer recess of the UK parliament, which is a great time to look at welfare benefits for people with disabilities.
Regretfully, despite more than a year passing and a new government, albeit the […]

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Wheelchair-users not able to board ships at major cruise port – so much for equality

A woman whose husband was told that she could not board a cruise ship at Liverpool, England, has me thinking. The woman has a disability and was denied access because she could not leave her wheelchair to board her ship.
When […]

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Humour? We are falling over ourselves laughing

When you live with a disability, whether through multiple sclerosis or another cause, humour can help. It may be a twisted form, but it’s still humour.
I find that, these days, laughter comes when it is least expected.
It can come after […]

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