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Chance for people with M.E. to shape Scottish benefits

December 02, 2016

The Scottish Government are looking for people who have applied for social security benefits to become part of a focus group that will help them design and test a new social security system.

While we appreciate not all people with M.E. in Scotland will be able to attend, this would be a valuable opportunity for people who have the illness to feed into the development of a benefits system that could effect many people living with the condition. Action for M.E. has also fed into this process.

The focus group is being held on Wednesday, December 14 from 10am to 1pm at Norton Park Centre, 57 Albion Road, Edinburgh, EH7 5QY. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided from 12.30pm. The group will be held in the centre’s training suite which is fully accessible.

Event organisers say the group will be “fairly relaxed” and will “take the form of a discussion as opposed to an interview or survey”. The focus group will last a maximum of two hours. Travel, subsistence and any additionally incurred receipted expenses (including childcare) can be claimed.

If you would like to take part or would like further information please contact Trish Brady-Campbell by emailing trish.brady-campbell@gov.scot or calling 0131 244 0287, or Imelda Giarchi by emailing Imelda.giarchi@gov.scot or calling 0131 244 0056.