Scrap 6 Months success

13 September 2022 Campaigns

Reforms that allow people living with motor neurone disease (MND) to access their benefits more quickly and sensitively have been passed into law after years of campaigning by the MND Association and the MND community.

The Social Security (End of Life) Bill completed all stages in the House of Commons on 8 September 2022 and the reforms have now been fully implemented for all applicable benefits across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

As a result, the “special rules” process, which provides a fast-track allowing people living with a terminal illness to access disability benefits more quickly, will now be open to people judged to have 12 months or less to live, rather than only six months under the previous rules. This will mean that more people living with MND and other terminal conditions will be able to access financial support quickly and easily, without going through lengthy assessment processes.

The passing of the Bill is culmination of the successful Scrap 6 Months campaign, led jointly by the MND Association and Marie Curie, and supported by thousands of campaigners across the country.

During the Bill’s Third Reading, MPs including Drew Hendry (SNP) Jessica Morden (Lab) and Victoria Prentis (Con) paid tribute to the work of the MND Association and Marie Curie in campaigning for this change, as well as the many campaigners and supporters who have worked tirelessly to support this important reform.

We would like to thank all our supporters and campaigners and everyone who gave their time to help achieve this success.

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