1 March 2016
Responding to the Lords vote amending the Welfare Reform and Work Bill by introducing an impact assessment of the effect of the proposed changes, Lucy Schonegevel, public affairs manager, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“We welcome today’s vote by the Lords to look in more detail at the impact changes to benefits will have on people with cancer and other health conditions. This is a further opportunity for the government to see the profoundly negative effects their plans will have on people living with cancer. But we are extremely disappointed the government has not yet removed planned cuts from the Bill entirely.
“Cancer is the toughest thing many people will go through, and it is wrong to make it even harder by taking away crucial financial support when people can’t work because they are ill. We now urge MPs to uphold the Lords’ decision when the Bill returns to them shortly.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
About Macmillan Cancer Support
When you have cancer, you don’t just worry about what will happen to your body, you worry about what will happen to your life. Whether it’s concerns about who you can talk to, planning for the extra costs or what to do about work, at Macmillan we understand how a cancer diagnosis can take over everything.
That’s why we’re here. We provide support that helps people take back control of their lives. But right now, we can’t reach everyone who needs us. We need your help to make sure that people affected by cancer get the support they need to face the toughest fight of their life. No one should face cancer alone, and with your support no one will.
To get involved, call 0300 1000 200 today. And please remember, we’re here for you too. If you’d like support, information or just to chat, call us free on 0808 808 00 00 (Monday to Friday, 9am–8pm) or visit macmillan.org.uk