Macmillan estimates that of the 2.5 million people living with cancer in the UK, 4 in 5 are, on average, £570 a month worse off as a result of their diagnosis.
Increased costs may include travel to and from hospital, higher fuel bills, and a need to buy different clothes and food. People’s income may also drop if they’re unable to work or have to cut down their working hours. This can have a huge impact and money worries can get out of control. Some people don’t know what support is available, and others don’t receive the help and advice they’re entitled to.
We can help. Our dedicated teams of financial experts can help people make informed choices about finances at this difficult time.
- review mortgages, pensions, insurance policies and credit cards so that they know what options are open to them
- translate financial language and help them work out the sums
- develop a financial plan
- help them think through practical solutions such as taking flexible retirement to look after a loved one.
- help people navigate the benefits system and to understand what benefits they may be entitled to - depending on factors like age, income and location.
- Provide one-off grants to help with daily living
Please check that your patients know about some of the things they may be entitled to, like help with travel costs or grants. Let them know about Macmillan’s financial information and support and that they can call the Macmillan Support Line confidentially Monday-Friday 9am-8pm on 0808 808 00 00. They can also visit a local Information and Support centre or macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries.
An updated version of our popular information booklet ‘Money Worries? We can help’ (MAC16024), is also available to order free at be.macmillan.org.uk