26 July 2011
Responding to The Work and Pensions Committee’s report The role of incapacity benefit reassessment in helping claimants published today, Mike Hobday, Head of Policy of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We are pleased this report has highlighted the problems with the Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) assessment process. People with cancer tell us that they want to work, but, while they are still unwell, they find the Government’s assessment process confusing. For too often, they are being found ‘fit for work’ when they are still too ill.
“The Government has begun to improve the process but much more needs to be done. We hope they act on this report as well as recommendations made by the Independent Reviewer, Professor Harrington, to ensure the benefits system stops penalising cancer patients.”
For further information, please contact:
Sarah Ross, Senior Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4722 (out of hours 07801 307068)
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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. One in three of us will get cancer. Two million of us are living with it. If you are affected by cancer Macmillan can help.
For more information about Macmillan Cancer Support, visit www.macmillan.org.uk or freephone 0800 500 800 for an information pack.