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wikey
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« on: March 20, 2012, 06:03:59 PM »

hello  i believe there may be some goverment  financial support for people with cancer.  is this only for people who are immobile or  need carers   or does it apply to all cancer patients. i have bowel cancer  and  have finished treatment and  no doubt will soon be having an operation. but  am able to do most things  and have  tried really hard to stay active.

just wondering  if any one knows the   way the financial support works , like DLA etc

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« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2012, 06:47:37 PM »

Hi Wikey

I have just been given the higher rate of DLA after applying for it a couple of months ago. DLA Disability Living Allowance is awarded when people find it difficult to maintain their dialy needs.....it is about what you can't! do. Ie does your condition mean that you find it difficult ot perpare meals, do you have to get takeaway....does it affect how far you can walk.....you'll be asked questions like that on the form. I think mine was awarded because of my prognosis they will have contacted my consultant to get details. Having the higher mobility component of DLA means that i can enter into the motability scheme which i am looking into now as my car died two weeks after i got it. http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/DG_10017715
That's the website to download an application form. If you need any advice in completing it i am happy to answer questions although i am by no means an expert but have filled in a few for work in my time.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012, 01:10:34 PM »

Hi,
It sounds like you haven't spoken to a welfare or benefit officer about potential help that might be available.  There are often welfare/benefit officers attached to cancer centres in hospitals, so it is worth asking there, or if not there are benefit officers at Macmillan you could speak to:  http://www.macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHelp/FinancialSupport/FinancialSupport.aspx
There is also the Citizens Advice Bureau: http://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/index/getadvice.htm

I do know there is an enormous range of benefits, and there may well be something, be it DLA or something else, which could help you with managing the financial implications of your cancer.

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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2012, 07:36:38 PM »

no i have not spoken to any one yet,

 i shall  in the ear future, thanks for all the comments 

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2012, 11:19:40 PM »

Duh! i knew that..... i was supported in my application by the benefits advisor based at my local hospital who i originally met at last years patient day at beating bowel cancer.....sorry i omitted to mention it but as always the nurses are there to help! thank goodness.
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« Reply #5 on: April 22, 2012, 04:36:35 PM »

Hi Mikey, Also if you have stopped working, and you are receiving statutory sick pay from your employer, this will last for approx 26 weeks, or untill employer stops paying (and send you a SSP1 form) then you can claim Employment and Support Allowance (contact Tel 0845-6088562) approx 64.49 per week for 13 weeks, then 99.50 thereafter.

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« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2012, 05:09:01 PM »

i have been self employed for the last 19 years, so i don't think i am entitled to anything  much
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2012, 06:49:18 PM »

I dont think it relates to working situation just to need, i would still apply!  http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/DG_10017715  that's the link to the online site where you can apply.
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2012, 10:09:06 PM »

I am self employed and I get Employment and Support Allowance, I did not think I would be entitled as being self employed but I do. 

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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2012, 10:37:22 PM »

hi Nicola, thanks for the reply.

i think i am probably not eligible for anything  as  i ma quite active. i refuse to be beaten , so i ignore my bad knee and just carry on walking and doing up and old house.

but it would be good to get some financial support, i thought perhaps you might get  a reduction on council tax or something like that but i dont suppose it would be that simple
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« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2012, 02:04:10 AM »

Wikey i am completely mobile and still able to do things for myself but now and again with the chemo i can't do so much, i walk fine if i were of a mind i could run, but my feet were affected by oxaly and when i feel ill i do very little. I get the higher rate of DLA, they will also check with your doctors regarding your situation. You can still refuse to beaten but with a little help along the way. I have never been out of work since age 15 and till now never claimed anything, but this does help and has supported me to be able to retire early and live off my pension!
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2012, 09:07:07 AM »

As I state in my last email, I am self employed sole trader of a business so when I was diagnosed with cancer this was a shock as no money coming in at all,  I have worked all my life with not a day off sickness I worked through everything.

Re:-  Houseing benefit -  if you are not earning no salary you are entitled to 25% off your council tax

For employment and support allowance if you apply they will pay your national insurance, You can apply online

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« Reply #12 on: April 23, 2012, 09:12:23 AM »

thanks Nicola and Hazel, i shall make some enquiries
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« Reply #13 on: April 23, 2012, 11:00:24 AM »

Think it's about time I made some enqiries too as Bob is now the sole wage earner and that's not much! Just frightened to as I claimed for my Mum once, not knowing how to fill in the form accurately and she was declined. Then a few years later her care home realised she wasn't getting it and were amazed, her condition hadn't changed, they filled in the form and hey presto! she got the allowance!

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« Reply #14 on: April 23, 2012, 02:31:43 PM »

Hi Alison, I put off claiming for a while as I've never claimed benefits in my life and felt very intimidated by the process. But to be honest it was straight forward and most of it was done over the phone with two pretty hefty, but not difficult, forms to fill in afterwards. I've just received my first payment which is helping as my money was/is the larger part of our household income. The way I look at is I've been working constantly since Uni and always paid my taxes so now it's time I need some support. Anything that helps us to pay our mortgage as stay in our house is a help. Karen
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