Macmillan Cancer Support have established strategic partnerships with experienced benefit advisors around the UK to offer local help for people affected by cancer.”Many people find a cancer diagnosis can bring money worries, with costs they hadn’t considered.”
Our dedicated welfare rights advice service established in March 2011 is a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support and Citizens Advice Bureaux in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate to cover the area served by the East Kent Hospital Trust.
The project was originally funded by Macmillan for a period of 4 years however this has now been extended for a further 12 months.
How we can help
A cancer diagnosis can have a negative impact on Client’s finances. At a time when you they may have extra expenses, the Client and their partner may need to take time off work. Assessing their situation is the first step in planning ahead to meet their needs.
The Ashford office provides specialist support to Ashford, New Romney, Folkestone, Dover and Deal, and even as far as Sittingbourne. It is important that people are aware of their options and entitlement to welfare benefits from an early stage. This enables Clients to concentrate on their treatment rather than worrying about money problems. Being aware of their options can mean that Clients do not try to return to work too quickly after treatment and set back their recovery.
We have successfully targeted those in greatest need and obtained benefits with a very high success rate. The advice and assistance is free, independent, confidential, impartial and open to everyone regardless of race, sex, religion, disability, sexuality or nationality.
We can help Clients to apply for refunds of travel costs from the NHS and for to apply for a Blue Badge from Kent County Council to help with parking costs. We also refer Clients to the EDF Energy Trust Money Adviser who can also help with applications for Charitable Grants from EDF, British Gas and N Power which can help with fuel debt, and occasionally offer some help towards rent arrears, Council Tax arrears, or necessary household items such as cookers, beds or fridges. We also commonly apply to Macmillan for a grant paid directly to the Client for help with household items, fuel and travel.
How to contact us
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