17 February 2011
Regular medical checks for benefits
Iain Duncan Smith’s Welfare Reform Bill, published today, lays out plans to reform the welfare state. Measures include regular medical checks for those claiming disability benefits, and replacing most existing benefits with a Universal Credit system.
Daily Mail, p6 and online
Housing benefit penalty dropped
The government has dropped plans to impose a 10% cut in housing benefit on anyone claiming Jobseekers Allowance for more than a year. The cut was proposed in the emergency budget in June, but does not feature in the Welfare Reform Bill published today.
£1.5m research boost
In a letter to the editor, Action for M.E.’s Sir Peter Spencer highlights the significance of the Medical Research Council announcement that funding of £1.5 million will be set aside for research into the causes of M.E.
Leigh & Westcliff Times, p 49
Scunthorpe and District Fibromyalgia and CFS Support and Social Club welcomes new members. The group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 12.30pm, Central Community Centre. For more information call Judy on 01274 342836.
Scunthorpe Telegraph, p 5
Award for M.E. documentary makers
Yeovil-based media company GRACE Productions won the Broadcast TV prize at the Medical Journalists’ Association Winter Awards 2011 for its documentary I helped my daughter die, which followed the story of Lynn Gilderdale, who had M.E., and her mother Kay, who was charged with attempted murder after Lynn’s assisted suicide.
This is the West Country, online
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