James Brokenshire recently met with Macmillan Cancer Support to discuss their new report on the financial impact of cancer entitled ‘Cancer - A Costly Diagnosis?’
Over 100 people, many of them living with cancer, came to the Houses of Parliament to share stories of the financial barriers they face after a diagnosis. The Secretary of State for the Department of Work and Pensions, the Rt Hon Amber Rudd MP spoke about what the Government are doing to address people’s concerns, as well as discussing James’ personal experience with cancer last year. The Government has recently announced a review into the benefits system for those suffering from terminal conditions.
One in two people born after 1960 will get cancer in their lifetime, and while the physical and emotional consequences of cancer are well-known, the financial impact of a diagnosis can be devastating and 4 in 5 people are, on average, £570 a week worse off as a result of their diagnosis. The financial impact of cancer can move someone from a position of relative security to one of financial distress within a short space of time.
Commenting, James said:
“Having had surgery for lung cancer myself last year this issue is one that is close to my heart and I will continue to work with Macmillan Cancer Support on their campaign to ensure people living with cancer get the right support.”
“I know this is a priority for the Government and I very much welcome the recent announcement of an evaluation into our benefits systems so that we can ensure that people who are nearing the end of their life get the best possible support.”