16 March 2016
Responding to the 2016 Budget, Lynda Thomas, Chief Executive, Macmillan Cancer Support said:
“In the budget today the Chancellor confirmed worrying plans to change Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which could make it harder for people with cancer to claim the benefit.
“Thousands of people with cancer suffer life-changing problems during and after treatment, which means they require a lot of practical and financial support. Eroding benefits which help with this could have a profoundly negative impact on their ability to live independently. Many people who desperately need support with basic but essential daily tasks, such as getting dressed and using the toilet, may now fail to get the required number of ‘points’ to qualify for this vital benefit.”
“The Government have stated their intention to consider the case for wider reform of disability benefits. Reforms simply must not lead to the reduction of financial support available to people affected by cancer. We’re concerned that the changes to PIP announced by the Chancellor, along with the recently confirmed cuts to ESA, will leave many people affected by cancer struggling to cope with the practical and financial impact of their diagnosis.”
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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