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A cancer diagnosis can change your financial situation.

Here at the Macmillan Information and Support Service we can help make money one less worry.

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There are many benefits that you may be entitled to after a cancer diagnosis, but the system can be confusing and it can be tough when you need to get a hold on the facts. Our Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist and Officer are here to help you find out what benefits might be available to you and how to apply for them.

Benefit Advice

Each benefit has rules about who can claim and some benefits are paid to you for particular reasons, for example if you have a health problem that makes it difficult for you to mobilise or look after yourself.

Some benefits depend on the amount of money and savings you have and these are called income related benefits. Other benefits can only be paid if you have paid enough National Insurance Contributions and these are called contribution based benefits or contributory benefits.

Our Macmillan Cancer Information Specialist and Officer can help you by checking what benefits you may be entitled to and providing you with the correct contact details to start your application process.  We can also help with benefit application forms.

Financial Advice

We give financial support to people affected by cancer, including accessing grants through Macmillan and other local and national organisations.

Every week over 700 people affected by cancer receive a Macmillan Grant and in 2018 we  accessed over £77,000 in Macmillan Grants. There are also many other organisations you can get financial help from and these can depend on the location of your cancer, your occupation or where you live. We can advise you on what you might be entitled to and how to apply.

We can also offer advice on claiming for travel expenses, help with energy costs and much more!

If you would like help with claiming benefits, financial support or to apply for a grant, pop in to see our Information Specialist and Officer face to face, call or email us. No appointment is required.