18 March 2014
Commenting on the Work and Pensions Committee report out today [Tuesday], Monitoring the performance of the Department for Work and Pensions in 2012-13, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Today’s report once again brings to light the problems created by the new Personal Independence Payment. Since its introduction, people with cancer have faced lengthy delays and uncertainty in receiving their benefits.
'Under the old system cancer patients had to wait a maximum of eleven weeks, but many are now waiting over six months. These delays mean that thousands are going without vital financial support at a time when they are most vulnerable – for some, pushing them into poverty.
'The huge backlog of claims still waiting to be processed is appalling. The Government must address these delays in the first instance as a matter of urgency and commit to publishing waiting times on a quarterly basis.'
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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