16 January 2012
Macmillan Cancer Support responds to the news that the Government has agreed to halve the time sick or disabled people will have to wait to access Personal Independence Payments (PIPs) from six to three months.
Mike Hobday, Director of Policy and Research at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“We applaud the Government’s decision to reverse their earlier proposal which would have seen cancer patients wait six months instead of three to access vital support. This change of heart will protect the most vulnerable.
“Cancer patients experience the greatest costs in the first six months following their diagnosis. They will often have to give up work to undergo gruelling treatment and still find money to put food on the table. Extending the waiting time would have been devastating.
“While this decision represents a positive step in the right direction for cancer patients, the Government must also listen to the Lords’ decision to extend ESA time-limiting when the Bill goes to the House of Commons.”
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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. 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.