What we achieved for MS in 2016
Every year we report on our achievements from the year before. There are always campaigns, projects and research studies we’re proud to share – and 2016 was no different.
Whether it’s lobbying MPs in Parliament, campaigning for better treatment or funding groundbreaking research, we’re in on the action. And we couldn't do it without you. Here are some of our highlights from last year.
Finding effective treatments
We work hard to make sure people with MS have access to effective treatments to stop, slow or reverse the effects of MS. We're proud to be the biggest charitable funder of MS research in the UK.
We're excited about forging the next link in the MS research chain, read about what's coming up in 2017 on our research blog.
MS is enough - a water-shed moment in welfare
Having MS is enough. So in September 2015 we launched our MS: Enough campaign to call on the UK Government to make the welfare system make sense for people with MS. Little did we know it would play a lead role in securing a Government u-turn on changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP).
When proposed changes to PIP were announced at the beginning of March, we worked out some people with MS could be worse off by as much as £150 a week. So, together with other members of the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC), we contacted MPs and the press to stop them going ahead. More than 22,500 of you had signed our petition when we handed it in to Parliament during budget week. The following weekend over 3,000 of you emailed your MPs calling for an emergency debate.
That same weekend Iain Duncan Smith resigned. On 22 March his replacement Stephen Crabb confirmed the changes to PIP would not go ahead. We're proud that together, we helped make this happen.
Coming together at MS Life
MS Life is the biggest MS lifestyle event in Europe. It's the only place where people with MS can come together and find out about all the latest breakthroughs in research and therapies.
We had a great time and we hope you did too. Relive the magic in our video of the event.
Make 2017 another year to remember
We're in this together, find out how you can get involved to stop MS today.