29 November 2011
A summary of recent M.E. related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Funding for M.E. research in Norway
Norwegian Health Minister Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen has announced that she will set aside two million kroner (£218,600) for further research by Professor Olav Mella and Dr Øystein Fluge, who published a study showing that cancer drug rituximab could help people with M.E.
TV2, online (please note this story is in Norwegian)
Osborne to outline plans for economy
Chancellor George Osborne will outline plans to boost the UK economy in his Autumn Statement. There has also been report that further savings in the welfare budget may be announced, including the possibility that benefits will not be increased in line with September's 5.2% inflation figures.
BBC News, online
U-turn on DLA mobility component plans
The Times writes that Maria Miller, Minister for the Disabled, will announce this week that the Government is to reverse its decision to scrap the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for 80,000 people in residential homes, originally due to be enforced in April 2013.
Disabled journalists issue statement
The Disabled Members Council of the National Union of Journalists has issued a statement in response to stories in the press demonising people with disabilities. The statement urges journalists to operate within the NUJ’s recognised code of ethics and "support and sustain fair and balanced reporting of matters relating to disabled people."
National Union of Journalists, online
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