24 February 2016
Responding to the vote on proposed changes to ESA in the Commons this afternoon Dr Fran Woodard, Executive Director of Policy and Impact at Macmillan Cancer Support says:
“We are deeply disappointed that the government has not listened to the wide range of voices, including those from their own party, who have expressed major concerns. These cuts will have a damaging impact on people affected by cancer and other health conditions. Every penny counts when someone can’t work because of cancer, and taking away vital financial support can be a serious blow to people when they are at their most vulnerable.
“A considerable number of politicians, charities and patients have voiced deep misgivings about the potentially devastating effects these cuts will have on people who have been medically assessed as too ill to work. The Government must urgently reconsider their decision; if they press ahead, the planned changes could seriously hinder the full recovery of people with cancer.”
For further information, please contact:
Patrick Pringle, Media & PR Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support
0207 840 4891 (out of hours 07801 307068)
Notes to Editors:
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