18 August 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
DWP admits distortion of welfare statistics
Statistics that politicans use when debating poverty and welfare “increasingly appear to be a mixture of lies and statistics,” says the Guardian. Last week the Department for Work and Pensions admitted its claim that there had been a 30% rise in people claiming Disability Living Allowance over eight years was in fact "distorted” and the real rise is closer to 16%. But having concealed the real figure, the Government is pressing ahead with cutting a billion pounds from the benefit.
What not to say
Mia Freedman wonders how to talk to a friend about their long-term illness and offers a list of things you might say – and sentiments you should avoid.
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