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There are lots of benefits that could help you after a cancer diagnosis, but the system can be confusing. Our network of financial specialists is here to help you find out what benefits might be available to you and how to claim them. The benefits you may be entitled to depend on factors like your age, your income and where you live.
There are many different types of financial benefit that could be available to you.
Many people can give you advice on your financial situation. Some charities and organisations offer grants.
There have been changes to the benefits system. There are a number of ways your benefits could be affected.
Some benefits depend on your national insurance contributions. There are organisations to help you find out what you are entitled to.
A Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs.
'Macmillan helped me access my pension.'
'Without Macmillan I wouldn’t have proceeded with the benefit application.'
'I used to dread the postman pushing bills through the door.'
'We took a hit financially. Macmillan’s benefit advisers made a real difference.'
Order or download information about financial issues to have nearby when you're thinking about debt and borrowing. It can help you make decisions.
Looking for additional support with benefits and financial planning? These handy interactive tools and guides can help.
Find out where to get benefits advice and financial information near you. We provide support and advice on all aspects of welfare and benefits.
We have trained dedicated teams at Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland and Halifax to help customers who have been diagnosed with cancer to manage their money.
Read Aoife's post about the rights of people affected by cancer in the workplace. She explains how the law can help job applicants, employees and the self-employed.
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