21st Apr, 2021

Macmillan: Help with coping with the financial impact of cancer

Correspondent 25th Jul, 2020

IT has recently been reported that UK Job Centres have seen 126 per cent rise in claimants since the start of lockdown while job vacancies are at a record low.

When people think of Macmillan Cancer Support, they often think of Macmillan nurses.

However, the cancer charity funds and supports not only nurses, but a wide range of health and social care professionals, including welfare benefits advisors.

Here Andrew Nye, Macmillan Welfare Benefits Advisor talks through some of the options.

“It may not be the first thing you think about but being diagnosed with cancer can be tough on your finances.

“Macmillan’s research shows that four out of five people feel the financial impact of cancer and are, on average, £570 worse off a month as a result of their diagnosis.

“You may earn less if you need to stop working or reduce your hours.

“You may spend more on everyday costs like heating and travelling to hospital.

“That’s why Macmillan has funded benefits advisors in Worcestershire, to give people living with cancer the support and guidance they need to make money one less worry.

“The double-blow of an NHS cancer crisis and the deepest economic recession in decades is making it more difficult than ever for people living with cancer to face the cost of cancer.

“My advice for those affected by the financial impact of cancer would be:

Check your entitlement to benefits – some people think they won’t be eligible for any help due to their age or savings or income – it isn’t always true!

If you would like to check your entitlement, please speak to us at Worcestershire Macmillan Citizens Advice.

Apply for a Macmillan Grant – Macmillan offers small cash grants to help with costs caused by cancer, such as increased heating bills, new clothing, and travel costs to and from treatment.

There are eligibility criteria for the grants, so speak to us for help making an application.

Concessionary hospital parking – if you are visiting the hospital frequently for appointments or treatment, speak to the staff or the Macmillan Information Centre about ‘concessionary parking’, which will cap the cost of a ticket to £1.”

If a cancer diagnosis has had an impact on your finances, contact the Macmillan Benefits Advice Service in Worcestershire on 01905 725946 or email macmillan@citaworcester.org.uk.

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