Government urged to prioritise the benefits review and Scrap 6 Months
It’s now six months since the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced a review into how the welfare benefits system supports terminally ill people.
The review was announced in response to our ‘Scrap 6 Months’ campaign, calling on the Government to change the law so that everyone with a terminal illness can access welfare benefits quickly and sensitively. Currently only those with a life expectancy of six months or less qualify for the fast-track process for welfare benefits. This unfairly excludes many people living with MND and other terminal illnesses.
Six months since the DWP review was announced we have seen little sign of progress. In that time, more than 1,000 people will have died from MND, many struggling to access the benefits they desperately need.
The chief executives of the MND Association and Marie Curie have written to the DWP Secretary calling on them to urgently prioritise the review and ensure that it progresses as quickly as possible, so that all terminally ill people can access welfare benefits quickly and sensitively.
Sally Light, Chief Executive of MND Association, said
“The announcement of the review into access to benefits for people with terminal illness, including MND, gave us some optimism that things would change. But, six months on, we are no further forward and people are still dying without the financial support they need and are entitled to.
We need the Government to act on its promise now. Any further delay will only cause further frustration, stress and fear for people already facing the most difficult time of their life.”
Join our call by emailing your MP today and ask them to show their support by attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group on MND meeting in February to discuss the DWP review and how it can ensure the review takes place as a matter of urgency.
You can watch the Prime Minister being asked about our campaign and his response
We’re looking for people living with MND to share their experience of claiming benefits as part of our Scrap 6 Months campaign! We’d also like to hear from carers who have supported a person living with MND through the benefits process. If you have a story to tell, please get in touch and share your experience.
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