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We've partnered with Citizens Advice Rushmoor to provide a benefits and money clinic twice a week, offering specialist benefits advice and financial guidance to people affected by brain tumours. Last year we helped 178 members of our community claim over £450,000.
Many people affected by a brain tumour have to give up working full-time and find it more difficult to earn a steady income.
For those with a brain tumour diagnosis, this might be because of symptoms and side-effects cause by their tumour or treatment, such as fatigue or cognitive difficulties. Carers may need to stop working because they now need to provide care throughout the day.
Our benefits and money clinic helps people affected by a brain tumour access the financial support they're entitled to, as well as providing expert guidance on how they can make the most of their money.
Our benefits and money clinic takes place every Tuesday and Thursday, with telephone appointments available from 9.30am to 4.00pm.
Our experienced advisors can answer your questions about claiming benefits and help explain what financial support, unemployment benefits or disability benefits you might be entitled to, such as statutory sick pay (SSP), Attendance Allowance or the Personal Independence Payment.
They can also assist with:
We know how much of a difference The Brain Tumour Charity makes to the lives of people living with a brain tumour, and we hope the free, confidential and impartial advice we can offer on more practical matters will supplement this so that together, we can reduce the suffering of those living with this devastating disease.
Our clinic is operated by experienced Citizens Advice Bureau advisors who can offer a wide range of advice on financial issues, as well as helping to guide you through the benefits system.
Below are some of the topics you might want more information about.
We believe that making sure nobody loses their family home because of their diagnosis is essential to achieving our goal of halving the harm done by brain tumours. Our advisors can now offer expert guidance on:
Depending on the grade of your tumour, receiving a brain tumour diagnosis may mean you're able to retire on ill health grounds and make an early claim on your pension. We can help you examine your current pension provisions and explore the options available to you. You can also get a direct referral to the Citizens Advice Bureau's Pension Wise service, which offers appointments across the UK.
We can provide information on the various schemes that provide support with utility bills and services, including:
Everybody is entitled to a free assessment from their local council’s social services department to identify:
Based on the assessment, you may be entitled to use social care services, be eligible for financial assistance or qualify for free care equipment. If you're living with long-term complex health needs, you may qualify for free social care arranged and funded solely by the NHS. This is known as NHS continuing care.
We can help you self-refer for this assessment (if you haven't been offered one already) and support you through the process
If you have a child who's living with a brain tumour, we can advise on the help and support that's available. Often, they'll be eligible for help and support from Children’s Services. As their parent or carer, you may also be entitled to support to help alleviate some of the stresses associated with caring for a seriously ill child.
We can provide general advice on setting up a Power of Attorney for health and financial issues. The necessary forms are available online but can seem a bit daunting, so we're here to guide you through the process and hopefully save you the costs associated with appointing a solicitor.
Making sure a Power of Attorney is in place sooner rather than later can have huge cost savings, as it negates the need to apply for a Court of Protection or Receivership at a later date, should a loved one lose capacity.
If you have further questions, need to clarify any of the information on this page, or want to find out more about research and clinical trials, please contact our team:
0808 800 0004 (free from landlines and mobiles)
Phone lines open Mon-Fri, 09:00-17:00
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