#Scrap6Months letter delivered on benefits system review

Fifteen clinicians have signed a letter to Thérèse Coffey, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, demanding the Government deliver on the promise made by former Secretary Amber Rudd to review the benefits system for terminally ill people.

The letter comes three months after Mrs Rudd announced the review, in response to a campaign by the MND Association, Marie Curie and other charities.

Susie Rabin, Head of Policy and Campaigns at the MND Association said:

“We have been waiting over three months to hear progress on the review into welfare support for terminally ill people launched by Amber Rudd, the then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. During this time people with a terminal illness have died whilst waiting for the benefits they are entitled to which is not acceptable. The fast-track benefits application process is vital for those who have a terminal illness such as motor neurone disease (MND), and this review is of the utmost priority to make sure those affected are able to have the best quality of life they possibly can.”

The letter will be delivered to Thérèse Coffey MP ahead of a roundtable with the Department of Work and Pensions on 29 October.

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