Social Security (Special Rules for End of Life) Bill [Lords]

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 2:40 pm on 8th September 2022.

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Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith Assistant Whip, The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions 2:40 pm, 8th September 2022

Yes, that is absolutely the case. There have been extensive conversations with clinicians and those in the hospice movement more broadly. I join my hon. Friend in paying tribute to all those who work in hospices such as the one he mentions in Lichfield and the many more across the country. They do such an important job in giving people comfort and support and the right care at the end of their life.

In announcing that the Government intend to move from that six-month criteria to the 12-month end-of-life approach, we have engaged very widely and endeavoured to communicate as clearly as possible so that people know what support is available.