Social Security Benefits: Cancer

Department for Work and Pensions written question – answered on 30th June 2015.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will create a cancer care and support allowance for those who have been diagnosed with cancer and are either undergoing or awaiting treatments.

Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions)

The Government has no plans to create a separate cancer care and support allowance as provisions for cancer patients are already available within Employment and Support Allowance.

Employment and Support Allowance provides financial help to people awaiting, receiving, or recovering from any form of chemotherapy or radiotherapy for cancer while they are unable to work.

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