13 October 2014
Cancer patients and their carers in East Dunbartonshire are to receive help to maximise their incomes thanks to a new financial advice service in the region.
The development is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, East Dunbartonshire Council and East Dunbartonshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau. Macmillan Cancer Support has invested over £197,000 to expand the team at the East Dunbartonshire Citizens Advice service. The investment will allow the addition of two new Benefits Advisors who will be dedicated to support local cancer patients and their carers.
The new advisors will help patients identify and apply for welfare benefits, offer financial advice and point patients towards hardship grants they may be entitled to. They can see people in the Citizens Advice Bureau (11 Alexander Street, Kirkintilloch) and make home visits for those unable to travel.
Thomas Gorman from Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We know cancer patients very often experience a drop in income and increased costs as a result of their cancer diagnosis. Many of them will never have claimed benefits before and trying to navigate the system and fill in long complex forms while dealing with the physical and emotional problems cancer brings can be very difficult. We are pleased to be working with East Dunbartonshire Council and CAB to deliver this new service and help people at a time when they need it most.”
East Dunbartonshire Council Leader Rhondda Geekie is delighted that the Council is a partner in this initiative. She said “Supporting those in need in our communities is our highest priority, and this outreach service for cancer patients will be invaluable at a time they are facing so many challenges. CAB carry out excellent work in this area, and the funding from Macmillan Cancer Support for these additional advisers is great news for those that will benefit.
You can contact East Dunbartonshire Citizen’s Advice Bureau in Kirkintilloch on
0141 775 3220.