Ensuring fair access to welfare and benefits for those in need is one of The Brain Tumour Charity's campaigning priorities.
The findings of our report The Price You Pay; the Financial Impact of a Brain Tumour highlights how a brain tumour diagnosis can have a serious impact on personal finances and the ability to work:
Our Benefits Clinic provides information about financial support and benefits that people affected by a brain tumour might be entitled to. Patients and carers who receive specialist advice and support from the clinic are, on average, nearly £5,000 better off as a result.
The Benefits Clinic has highlighted some serious barriers that brain tumour patients face in navigating the benefits system across the UK, both in the assessment and application process.
People affected by a brain tumour should be well supported in their application for benefits. This includes access to information, easy to fill in forms, transparent assessment processes and an understanding of the complex nature of the condition.
The Brain Tumour Charity conducted a survey to understand more about the financial impact of having a brain tumour and the experience of those affected in navigating the benefits system across the UK. Almost half of respondents reported a bad experience of the benefits system, with 1 in 4 stating that their experience was very bad.
We're campaigning for change so that the politicians and assessors understand how brain tumours can impact those affected on a daily basis, to ensure those affected are able to access the financial support they need.
Based on the findings of the report, our recommendations are:
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