8 January 2013
A summary of FMS related stories in the news. Headlines appearing in the media as dated.
Clegg criticises “shirkers versus strivers” rhetoric
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has criticised the “shirkers versus strivers” rhetoric expounded by the Conservative party. “I don’t think it helps at all to try and portray that decision as one that divides one set of people against another, the deserving and the undeserving poor, people in work and out of work,” he said.
Coping with Fibromyalgia is a full-time job
Chronic, fluctuating conditions such asFibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis “prevent normality entirely, not to mention that dealing with constant agonising pain, fatigue and mental attrition is a full-time job in itself,” says Jason Reed, writing about the threat to disability benefits under ongoing welfare reforms.
Huffington Post, online
Seven million families to be worse off
Plans to increase benefits by less than inflation will make According to an analysis by the Institute for Fiscal Studies, capping benefit increases at less than the rate of inflation will make seven million families – half of Britain’s working households – worse off by an average of £165 a year.
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