DWP to review benefit rules for terminally ill people

Today Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd will formally announce a review into how the benefits system supports people nearing the end of life and those with severe conditions. The announcement will be made at a ‘round table’ attended by the Motor Neurone Disease Association’s Policy Manager Alex Massey.

He said:

“We don’t believe the benefits system works efficiently or effectively for people with terminal and severe illnesses which is why we have been campaigning for a change in the law. We are pleased that the Secretary of State has recognised this issue must be addressed and welcome news of the review.

“It is a positive move that Mrs Rudd specifically mentions hearing directly from claimants and working with charities, and we look forward to engaging directly with the review process to ensure it delivers meaningful changes for people living with MND.

“Around half of people die within two years of their MND diagnosis – these people don’t have time to waste and we would like this review process and the changes we hope will follow to recognise the urgency of the need for change.”

The Motor Neurone Disease Association launched its Scrap 6 Months campaign a year ago calling for everyone with a terminal illness, such as motor neurone disease (MND) to be able to access benefits using the Special Rules for Terminal Illness. Currently only those with a life expectancy of six months or less can access the fast track process, despite the unpredictability of MND and other terminal illnesses.

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