Scrap 6 Months – End the delay now
The MND Association has long been campaigning for the Government to make it easier for people with MND to get fast-track access to welfare benefits.
In 2019, we were encouraged when the Government acknowledged this as an issue and announced that the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) would review how the benefits system treats all people with a terminal illness.
However, it is now more than 18 months since the announcement of the review and, in this time, more than 3,300 people have sadly died from MND, many struggling to access the benefits to which they are entitled.
We understand the DWP have concluded their review and the proposed changes are awaiting approval from the Treasury. The Association, along with Marie Curie, are calling on the Government to urgently approve these important changes ahead of the Budget on 3 March so that the DWP can ensure they are passed into law as soon as possible.
MND Association’s Head of Policy & Campaigns Susie Rabin said,
“While it is understandable the Government is focused on dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic, it is vital that they do not ignore the thousands of people with MND and other terminal illnesses who are dying without the support they need.
The Government must put an end to the delay and urgently deliver on their commitment to reform the 6-month rule and we hope they will remove the requirement for terminally ill claimants to be reassessed after three years. We need a guarantee that this will not be pushed aside any longer and will be passed into law in the next parliamentary session.”