Assessment changes welcome but not yet enough

News that the government is to scrap continuous benefit reassessments for people with progressive health conditions, who can't work, and receive the UK’s Employment Support Allowance (ESA) is welcome.  Sadly, however, it does not go far enough. The change in government policy, announced on Saturday, only concerns just one of the country’s health and disability … Continue reading Assessment changes welcome but not yet enough

‘Devastating’ benefit cuts could hit 10% of people with MS – and other disabilities too

One in ten people with multiple sclerosis in the UK could face cuts in government disability benefit payments, according to new figures published by the country’s MS Society. The figures reveal the severe extent of benefits cuts for people living with MS. And, I would say that it is highly likely that people living with … Continue reading ‘Devastating’ benefit cuts could hit 10% of people with MS – and other disabilities too

Paralympians fear losing their cars through government benefit cuts

Some of the British athletes, including two with multiple sclerosis, heading to Rio for the Paralympics fear losing their cars supplied through the Motability Scheme after being reassessed as part of the government’s programme of benefit cuts and reforms. This has been revealed by a member of the ParalympicsGB team - according to the Disability … Continue reading Paralympians fear losing their cars through government benefit cuts

HSCT Is a Controversial MS Therapy. Would You Have It? I’ve Decided!

There is little doubt that HSCT is controversial as a treatment, and some even say a cure, for multiple sclerosis. Some talk of great benefits; others feel the risks involved are too high. Then again, if you look at the side effects listed for the various disease modifying therapies (DMTs), they can be frightening, with death … Continue reading HSCT Is a Controversial MS Therapy. Would You Have It? I’ve Decided!

Secret reports, that ministers said did not exist, say they WERE warned that vulnerable being hit hardest

                    Iain Duncan Smith, former Work and Pensions Secretary, headed team of ministers who did nothing to protect vulnerable, says report. Writer's Declaration of interest: I have multiple sclerosis and receive both ESA (in the support group) and Disabled Living Allowance (both care and mobility components … Continue reading Secret reports, that ministers said did not exist, say they WERE warned that vulnerable being hit hardest

Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and government’s benefit cut ‘rethink’ may not change anything

Iain Duncan Smith's resignation from his position as UK's Work and Pensions Secretary gives the government a chance to abandon its planned cuts to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) - but don't hold your breath, it probably won't happen. In his resignation letter, Duncan Smith said that while the benefit cuts are "defensible in narrow terms, … Continue reading Iain Duncan Smith’s resignation and government’s benefit cut ‘rethink’ may not change anything

Government advisers say benefit system is ‘broken’

  Government ministers in the UK may be celebrating the forcing through of their planned cut to welfare benefit paid through its Employment Support Allowance from April next year but a new think-tank report is describing the benefits system as broken and is calling for a complete overhaul. The Social Market Foundation1 report includes a … Continue reading Government advisers say benefit system is ‘broken’