11 September 2008
Mike Hobday, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
"Improving the energy efficiency of homes may help reduce energy bills over the long term, but immediate financial help is desperately needed to help cancer patients struggling with higher bills right now.
"Cancer patients have to keep their heating on longer due to their ill health, resulting in higher bills - just as their income often decreases. So far this year Macmillan has already given grants to over 5,500 people with cancer who couldn't afford to pay their heating bills – a 20 per cent increase on last year. This situation is only likely to worsen this winter with soaring energy prices. We call on the Government help cancer patients keep warm this winter."
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