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Making money one less worry: Benefits

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Did you know that the four most common types of financial queries from people affected by cancer are around benefits, household costs, managing money and pensions?1

Over the next few months we’ll be focusing on these to raise awareness about how we can help before money worries spiral out of control.

In 2015, the Welfare Rights team on Macmillan Support Line (0808 808 00 00) provided free information and support to help almost 21,000 people secure £50 million in benefits they were entitled to.

As well as advising on what benefits are available, they’re able to help people navigate the system, explain key terms and provide information about completing forms. Many people may not realise that they are entitled to certain benefits, or feel hesitant about trying to claim, so this can be a valuable source of information.

We also have a dedicated section of the website, which explains the different types of benefits available (not all are contribution-based or means-tested for example), including those for people of working age, carers, and personal independence payments.

And you may not know about our new online tools including a benefits checker to quickly calculate what people may be entitled to, and a benefits calculator which provides more detail.

Tell the people you support about Macmillan’s financial support, including benefits information. 0808 808 00 00 or macmillan.org.uk/moneyworries.

1Calls to Macmillan Support Line seeking financial information, 2015.

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