24 August 2015
Responding to Iain Duncan Smith’s speech on sickness benefits, Dr Fran Woodard, Director of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Any changes to the benefits system must properly recognise the support that people need when they are ill. A cancer diagnosis can often be financially crippling and hit someone when they are at their most vulnerable, many will face additional costs or have to give up work to undergo gruelling cancer treatment. It is imperative that people with cancer only return to work when they are able to do so and have the correct support in place.
“The Government must now clarify how it will ensure any proposed changes to the benefits system will not negatively impact people with cancer. In particular we are urgently calling on the Government to rethink the reduction in payments for those in the Work-Related Activity Group announced in the Emergency Budget. Cutting this could leave thousands of people with cancer without a vital financial lifeline at a time when they need it most.”
For further information, please contact:
Cora Bauer, Senior 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.
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