22 March 2016
Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“We welcome the government’s decision to not go ahead with proposed changes to the criteria for Personal Independence Payments (PIP). This benefit is a vital form of support for people with cancer who often experience life changing effects from cancer treatment. Without it, many would struggle to meet the considerable costs associated with their cancer.
“The changes put forward for PIP could have meant that vulnerable people who are unable to dress themselves or go to the toilet without aids might have missed out on essential financial support.
“The new Secretary of State for Work and Pensions this evening stated his intention to start a new conversation with people living with disabilities. As a starting point for this conversation we would urge the Government to reconsider the damaging changes to Employment and Support Allowance that were recently voted through, as these will have a serious impact on people living with cancer. ”
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Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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