28 January 2016
Commenting on last night’s vote on proposed changes to Employment and Support Allowance in the Welfare Reform and Work Bill, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“We are pleased that the Lords have recognised the deeply damaging impact these cuts would have on people with cancer who are too ill to work. When someone with cancer is relying on benefits to get by, every penny counts, and the proposed cuts to the work related activity group would have left financially vulnerable people with cancer seriously out of pocket.
“This is the latest example of Lords and MPs, including the government’s own backbenchers, voicing opposition to the proposed cuts to benefits - which are a financial life line for many people with cancer. We now urge the government to uphold the Lords decision. People with cancer should be able to concentrate on their recovery, rather than worrying about how to pay the next bill.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (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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