- November 14, 2018
MPs show their support for our Scrap 6 Months campaign
MPs have shown their support for our Scrap 6 Months campaign by attending an event hosted by the MND Association and Marie Curie.
The charities jointly hosted a drop-in event in Parliament for MPs to show their support for Madeleine Moon MP’s Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill.
The Bill would remove the current 6-month restriction on the definition of a terminal illness and replace it with a clinical judgement. This would replicate the recent change made in Scotland and would mean that everyone with MND could access welfare benefits under the Special Rules for Terminal Illness fast-track process.
The Bill has its second reading on 23 November 2018 but will not proceed unless it has Government support. We are working closely with Madeleine Moon MP and Marie Curie to try to secure Government support for a change in the law, and we will be continuing to campaign on this issue beyond the 23rd.
Last week we met the Minister for Disabled People Health and Work, Sarah Newton MP, to discuss the Bill and yesterday we published research showing that GPs and neurologists support a change in the law defining a terminal illness.
Thank you to everyone who asked their MPs to attend the drop-in. 52 MPs were represented at the event, click below to see the full list:
- Find out more about our campaign Scrap 6 Months
- Advice on claiming benefits