7 May 2014
Heather Monteverde, General Manager for Macmillan in Northern Ireland, with the Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland, announcing the first phase of innovation funding in 2011
On Monday 14 April, the Department for Social Development announced further funding for Macmillan information and benefits advice services in Belfast.
We’ve been awarded around £70,000 to provide benefit entitlement checks for at least 70% of patients passing through the Regional Brain Injury and Stroke Unit run by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. Checks will also be carried out for carers.
In all, four community and voluntary projects have won a share of the Social Development Innovation Fund, totalling £157,000. It’s hoped this money will lead to an additional 2,500 entitlement checks being carried out.
Heather Monteverde, General Manager for Macmillan in Northern Ireland, said: 'This money will go a long way to help people, who may otherwise not have received the vital social security benefits to which they are entitled.
This Innovation Fund will ensure cancer patients get financial advice as soon as possible after receiving their diagnosis. We know cancer leads to a drop in income for many people, whilst increasing outgoings in terms of fuel bills and travel costs.'
'We’ve already demonstrated that these entitlement checks work for cancer patients and we’re convinced that the same process could help other patients with long term conditions.'
Find out more in the Northern Ireland government’s press release.
Discover information and benefits services near Belfast on our local area pages.