Action for M.E. launched the 1996 Year of the Child and its Children’s Charter on 24 April at a press conference in central London. The event was relayed live on the ITN lunchtime news.
On 7 May Action for M.E. and the ME Association announced the results of their joint Cost to the Country survey, estimating that M.E. cost the nation £2 billion every year in lost salaries, welfare benefits, hospital consultations, prescribed drugs etc.
A controversial report on M.E. by the Royal Colleges was felt by many to be biased towards psychological factors.