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There are different types of financial help available to people under 65 years old. See the list below to find out which ones are relevant to you:
You may be covered by employment law if:
The Equality Act 2010 protects anyone who has, or has had, cancer. Even if a person who had cancer in the past has been successfully treated and is now cured, they will still be covered by the act. This means their employer must not discriminate against them for any reason, including their past cancer.
For more information about your employment rights, see our section on work and cancer|.
The Disability Discrimination Act protects anyone in Northern Ireland who has, or has had, cancer. Even if a person who had cancer in the past has been successfully treated and is now cured, they will still be covered by the act. This means their employer must not discriminate against them for any reason, including their past cancer.
David had surgery and was undergoing a 24-week course of chemotherapy. The side effects of surgery and cancer treatment meant that David had difficulty walking due to breathlessness, and simple tasks, such as getting dressed, were difficult.
Susan works 22 hours a week and they were struggling to pay their mortgage and bills.
After contacting a welfare rights adviser, David found out that, because his national insurance contributions were up-to-date, he could apply for Employment and Support Allowance.
David applied for and received the following:
Employment and Support Allowance|
£71 a week for 13 weeks (basic rate), increasing to £105.05 (support group rate) (see pages 24–25).
Disability Living Allowance| (middle rate care and higher rate mobility)
Worth £105.90 a week.
Road tax exemption|
Free tax disc.
Blue Badge Scheme|
Parking concessions for people with severe mobility problems.
Free prescriptions |
As a person undergoing treatment for cancer, David is entitled to free prescriptions.
If David had not found out about his entitlements, they would have had to live on Susan’s income of £250 a week. By claiming the benefits he was entitled to, their income increased to £426.90 a week.
The combined weekly income of David and Susan before and after they received benefits.
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Content last reviewed: 1 April 2012
Next planned review: 2013
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