A team that provides advice on benefits and financial support for people with cancer or a palliative care diagnosis have achieved over 22 million pounds in annualised payments of social security benefits, grants, industrial compensation and backdated arrears for their patients in just over 7 years.
The Macmillan Social Welfare Team, consisting of expert Macmillan Social Welfare Officers Kevin Moore and Paul Kelly, based at St. Andrews Hospice Grimsby, have just completed a review of their service and the internal audit shows the impressive figure they have achieved for their patients. This was for a period from the start of the service in August 2010 to the end of 2017.
The service supports people with a cancer and/or a palliative care diagnosis and who are registered to a North East Lincolnshire GP to maximise their incomings by applying for benefits which they are entitled to. It also looks to access charitable funds and supports with benefit applications, reconsiderations and appeals.
Kevin Moore, Macmillan Social Welfare Officer, said ''The service has gone from strength to strength from its beginning in 2010 and with Paul joining me in November 2014. Referrals have increased yearly and 2017 saw over 500 patients and their families and carers accessing the service and resulting in over £5.5 million in benefit awards in annualised payments. This is in spite of austerity measures and the cases we see becoming increasingly complex. The introduction of Universal Credit is already having an impact on patients finances and we have found that we need to spend more time with them to gather sufficient information to make the initial claim.
“People with a cancer diagnosis often find that their incomings drop while their outgoings increase and our aim is to help to maximise those incomings. In this way patients can concentrate on their treatment rather than worry about financial difficulties.''
For more information or to contact the team please call 01472 250623.
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