27 October 2015
Responding to findings from the Disability Benefits Consortium (DBC) which show the potential impact on disabled and ill people of the proposed cuts to Employment Support Allowance, Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact of Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“It is absolutely right to highlight the potentially catastrophic impact of taking £30 a week away from people who have been assessed as unfit for work, including thousands of people with cancer at any one time. The Government has not published any evidence to show this will support them to get back to work when they’re ready.
“Macmillan’s research shows there are already 400,000 cancer patients struggling to pay vital house hold bills and credit commitments because of the additional cost of their disease. Taking more financial support away from people who are already vulnerable physically, emotionally and financially could push them over the edge.
“The Government must urgently rethink their plans.”
For further information, please contact:
Charlotte Morris, Media and PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 091 2467 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
1. Department for Work and Pensions Tabulation Tool : Employment and Support Allowance
2. Macmillan Cancer Support/YouGov online survey of 2,011 UK adults who have ever been diagnosed with cancer. Fieldwork conducted 7-11 November 2014. Survey data has been weighted by age and gender to match the known profile of people living with cancer (using 2008 cancer prevalence estimates). Macmillan estimate (of over a million) calculated by taking the proportion of survey respondents who say they or their partner have struggled at least from time to time in the last 12 months with household bills and credit commitments (excluding mortgage or rent payments) (42%), applied to the total estimated number of people living with cancer in the UK in 2015 (2,500,000). Of these 36% said their struggle was at least partially due to loss of income or increased costs resulting from your cancer diagnosis/treatment (i.e. 400,000).
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