Cancer patients fear vital benefits could be cut
- Published on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 15:31
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Macmillan Cancer support has urged the government to make changes to Welfare Reform Bill (June 15th)
Ciarán Devane, Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
“At last the concerns of thousands of cancer patients who are fearful of their vital benefits being removed have been raised in PMQs today.
“Cancer patients want to return to work, and want the support that enables them to do so. But not all are able to. This afternoon* the government has the opportunity to make changes to the Welfare Reform Bill so that cancer patients who are unable to work because of their condition do not lose crucial financial support simply because they have not recovered quickly enough.
“We want people who have paid into the system before becoming ill to receive ESA for as long as they are unable to work. We will be very disappointed if the government fail to make these changes.
“If the government wants a benefits system which is ‘fairer’ they must not penalise cancer patients.”