15 February 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to a new Government commitment in the Welfare Reform Bill to protect cancer patients.
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Thousands of cancer patients undergoing or recovering from treatment who are too sick to work will be relieved that the Government has now committed to protect them from welfare cuts. Ministers have confirmed that cancer patients who need to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) in the future should receive this support for longer before it is time-limited.
“The move is a significant step forward - however there is still work to be done to ensure this concession is turned into the clear guidance cancer patients need to protect them. Given these commitments we now expect that no cancer patient will lose their benefit until these changes have been fully implemented. Macmillan intends to work closely with the Government to make sure the agreed proposals are put into practice quickly and deliver real change.”
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Sarah Ross, Senior Media & PR Officer
020 7840 4722 (out of hours 07801 307068)
About Macmillan Cancer Support:
Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical, emotional and financial support. Working alongside people affected by cancer, Macmillan works to improve cancer care. More than one in three of us get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.