8 July 2015
Today [Wednesday] Chancellor George Osborne delivered the 2015 Budget to Parliament, responding to the Budget, Duleep Allirajah, Head of Policy at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“Today’s Budget set out some considerable changes to the welfare system. While we welcome the protection of disability benefits under the welfare cap, Macmillan Cancer Support is concerned about the negative impact other changes may have on people with cancer and their carers.
“We know that a cancer diagnosis is financially crippling and can hit someone when they are at their most vulnerable. In addition to coping with the additional costs associated with their diagnosis, people with cancer may have to give up work to undergo treatment.
“That’s why Macmillan is deeply concerned that Employment & Support Allowance payments to those in the Work-Related Activity Group will be cut. This benefit is currently paid out to disabled or sick people, including those with cancer, who are unable to or need help getting back to work. Cutting this could leave thousands of people with cancer without a vital financial lifeline at a time when they need it most
“Spending on welfare should only be determined by the support it can offer to people who need it, when they need it. The Government must clarify how it will ensure the cumulative impact of the changes to the benefits system do not negatively impact people with cancer and their carers.”
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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