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    Thousands of people with progressive conditions deemed 'fit to work in future'

    24 October 2014

    A Freedom of Information request has revealed that almost 8,000 people with long-term progressive conditions such as MS and Parkinson's have been awarded the level of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) intended for people expected to recover enough to be able to work again. About 5,000 of these people were placed in this category despite assessors noting on reports that a return to employment is "unlikely in the longer term". Read more…

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    Employment Support Allowance (ESA) assessment concerns

    23 October 2014

    A Freedom of Information request shows that almost 8,000 people with long-term progressive conditions such as MS and Parkinson's have been awarded the level of Employment Support Allowance (ESA) that designed for people expected to recover enough to be able to work again. For about 5,000 of these people, the assessors reported that their being in employment is "unlikely in the longer term".
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    Seasonal effect on relapses

    21 October 2014

    Australian research that studied data on 9,811 people from 55 countries found that there were more relapses in the spring and there was also found that prevalence of MS increases with distance from the equator. The paper suggests an association with vitamin D and exposure to ultraviolet light from sunshine.
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    Thousands of people with progressive conditions deemed 'fit to work in future'

    24 October 2014

    A Freedom of Information request has revealed that almost 8,000 people with long-term progressive conditions such as MS and Parkinson's have been awarded the level of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) intended for people expected to recover enough to be able to work again. About 5,000 of these people were placed in this category despite assessors noting on reports that a return to employment is "unlikely in the longer term". Read more…

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    Thousands of people with progressive conditions deemed 'fit to work in future'

    24 October 2014

    A Freedom of Information request has revealed that almost 8,000 people with long-term progressive conditions such as MS and Parkinson's have been awarded the level of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) intended for people expected to recover enough to be able to work again. About 5,000 of these people were placed in this category despite assessors noting on reports that a return to employment is "unlikely in the longer term". Read more…

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    Artist's award winning design for the MS Trust

    23 October 2014

    Angela J Simpson who is an artist specialising in animal portraits and wildlife, won a competition last Christmas with her beautiful sheep design 'Sophie' and chose the MS Trust as her charity of choice. Read more…