Parliamentary drop-in attracts more than 60 MPs and Peers
More than 60 MPs and Peers accepted an invitation to meet people with MND, Association volunteers and health and social care professionals at a Parliamentary drop in focusing attention on a new report which found the current benefits system for dying people is ‘not fit for purpose’.
The report by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Terminal Illness found that the current rule that only people with a life expectancy of six months or less can get fast access to benefits is ‘outdated, overly time consuming and demeaning’.
The report adds further weight to the MND Association’s Scrap 6 Months campaign being run alongside Marie Curie.
Association representatives shared their stories with MPs and Peers from across the country at the Drop In held at Westminster. Television and radio presenter and MND Association Patron Jeremy Vine was also in attendance to listen to moving speeches from chair of the APPG Drew Hendry SNP and Madeleine Moon MP who is the chair of the APPG on MND.
The drop in was held on the same day that Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins, whose father died from MND, appeared on Lorraine to urge people to sign the Association’s Scrap 6 Months petition calling for a change in the law so everyone with a terminal illness can use the fast track process to access the benefits they are entitled to.