The Macmillan Cancer Information Service in Easington and
Sedgefield is taking part in a national pilot in partnership with
Macmillan Cancer Support and Durham County Council Welfare Rights
Team to promote and implement the Benefits Made Clear Tool.
Benefits Made Clear is an interactive guide that can help people
affected by cancer find out what financial support they may be
entitled to. It isn't an application for benefits and doesn't
give a definitive answer about entitlement; what is does do is
provide them with information about what it might be worth applying
for and what information they will need to provide.
The Cancer Information Service is supporting people in this area
to use the web tool through providing free internet access and
hands on practical support to complete the tool. We hope that the
tool will help people affected by cancer to get the financial help
they are entitled to, money that can make a significant difference
to their quality of life.
Many cancer patients incur a substantial drop in household
income both through their own inability to work through
surgery/treatments and/or a carer's loss of income through reduced
hours/sickness etc/self employment. Some people have lasting
effects from treatment which prevent them from returning to work in
their previous role. Some of the affects of cancer and its
treatments can frequently include always feeling cold; being
immune- compromised; weight loss; body changing surgery - these all
incur a cost in terms of heating, new clothing, increased laundry
Andrea Elsbury, Health Improvement Specialist for Cancer
Information and Support Service, County Durham and Darlington NHS
Foundation Trust said: "We know that having a diagnosis of cancer
is difficult enough to cope with, without the worry of financial
difficulties that sometimes follow; we want to reduce those worries
by making sure people are receiving all the financial help they
should be getting as well as offering access to all our other
"We would encourage anyone who wishes to check out possible
financial support they might be entitled to, to call in to the PCP
Newton Aycliffe or Peterlee Macmillan Cancer Information Centres
where help is on hand to complete the Benefits Made Clear tool and
to arrange an appointment with a Macmillan benefits advisor to
assist with any applications."
For further information please ring the freephone number 0800
783 4056 to speak to a member of the team.
Published: 4 August 2011
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