Preet Kaur Gill MP and actors Jim Carter and Nichola McAuliffe are backing a campaign that will enable more terminally ill people to access benefits more quickly and easily, regardless of the condition they have.
The MND Association and Marie Curie are working together to push for a change in the law that will enable more terminally ill people get quicker access to the benefits they need to live well until they die.
Currently, someone is only considered terminally ill if there is a reasonable expectation of having six or less months left to live. This outdated definition excludes people with complex and unpredictable terminal conditions from accessing the financial support they need in a timely manner. The current bureaucratic process for accessing crucial benefits can be lengthy, complex and instructive.
The change in the law will allow clinicians to determine whether a person is terminally ill, instead of an arbitrary time-limit decided in years gone-by. This would mean that people with complex and unpredictable terminal illnesses, such as motor neurone disease, can apply for benefits in a way far better suited to their needs and circumstances.
“Chances are, we all know someone who’s been affected by a terminal illness, so it’s absolutely crucial that we make sure that anyone facing such a difficult time gets all the care and support they need, when they need it. That is why I’m backing the scrap6months campaign”
Jim Carter and Nichola McAuliffe, said:
“We’re delighted to be here with Preet to support the MND Association and Marie Curie scrap 6 months campaign. Life is tough enough without spending the limited time people have left worrying about getting the support they need.”