Call For Change

More than 55,000 names were added to a petition demanding the Government change the benefit rules for people with a terminal illness.

David Setters, who is living with MND, his wife Helen, and Association trustee and consultant neurologist Dr Nik Sharma were joined by Downton Abbey actor Jim Carter to hand in the petition at Number 10 Downing Street (pictured).

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, disability payments can be fast-tracked, but only if the person concerned is considered 'likely to die within six months'. The petition calls for the Government to give people with a terminal illness easier and quicker access to the benefits they are entitled to.

"Let's by clear, we are not asking for money, we are simply asking for fast track access to the benefits people with terminal illnesses need, and are entitle to, so that affected families don't have to waste time fighting the system."

David, who is living with MND

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