19 March 2014
Today [Wednesday] Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2014 budget to Parliament which states there will be a cap on welfare spending of £119 billion in 2015/16.
Responding to the announcement, Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'The current welfare system provides thousands of cancer patients with a financial lifeline at a time when they need it most.
'Spending should not be determined in any other way than offering support to those who need it, when they need it. The Government must clarify how it will ensure the cap on welfare spending does not negatively impact people with cancer.'
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2016 (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