Government surrender in benefits battle

A government U-turn, in the face of court judgment, means almost 165,000 people will benefit from higher disability benefits. Conservative politicians had tried to prevent people with psychological distress from receiving higher rates of Personal Independence Payment (PIP). But the judges said ‘no’. The UK government had been thought likely to challenge the court ruling, … Continue reading Government surrender in benefits battle

U-turn over plans to delay treatment for people who are newly-diagnosed with MS

Multiple sclerosis campaigners, led by the MS Society, are celebrating a significant victory. They opposed plans to delay access to disease modifying therapies (DMTs) for people newly diagnosed with MS in Northern Ireland. This is a UK area where certain powers, including responsibility for the National Health Service, are devolved from central government. And, the … Continue reading U-turn over plans to delay treatment for people who are newly-diagnosed with MS