Put the fair into welfare
In 2011, the Government announced the biggest shake up of the benefits system for 60 years. The changes, outlined in the Welfare Reform Bill, could have left thousands of people living with cancer without vital financial support when they need it most - for some, pushing them into poverty.
That’s why we launched our ‘put the fair into welfare’ campaign, which ran from 2011-2015. Thousands of you supported us in campaigning to ensure people living with cancer didn't miss out on vital support. Read about the campaign's success.
Why did we campaign?
Some people with cancer were to lose critical financial support from Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) after only one year. For many, one year isn’t long enough. We secured a commitment from the Government that more cancer patients would be placed in the ESA Support Group, where support is unconditional and not time-limited.
People with cancer undergoing different types of debilitating cancer treatment were being treated differently in the benefits system. This was unfair. We secured a commitment from the Government that people awaiting, undergoing and recovering from all types of chemotherapy and radiotherapy would be placed in the Support Group.
It was proposed that people with cancer would have to wait six months before applying to Personal Independence Payments (PIP). Under the previous Disability Living Allowance (DLA) benefit the wait was only three months. We successfully campaigned for this to be reduced to three months, which has been successfully implemented as of July 2015. However the length of time you need to be expected to be impacted by your condition to qualify for PIP increased from six to nine months.
What now in 2015?
Despite the success of our previous campaign, Macmillan is concerned that some proposals in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill 2015 risk leaving people with cancer without crucial financial support at a time when they need it most. We are currently working to influence the Bill.
If you have been affected by any element of welfare reform and would like to share your story to help us campaign, please contact email@example.com. This may include:
Employment and Support Allowance
Personal Independence Payments
Changes to Housing Benefit
The benefit cap
Local welfare assistance schemes.
A closer look at the campaign, 2011-2015
Find out about the campaign on welfare reform and the difference we made.
Read the stories behind the welfare reform campaign.
Take a closer look at the proposed changes we campaigned against and what they would have meant for people with cancer.