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Brady welcomes easing of access to benefit for Cancer sufferers.

25 January, 2013 - by Mickey Brady

Sinn Féin MLA Mickey Brady has welcomed the bringing forward of legislation that will make it much easier for those who suffer from cancer to receive benefits that that will certainly ease the burden of dealing with the illness.

Speaking today Mr Brady said:

“The easing ofcriteria for assessing cancer sufferers in relation to the access to benefits is a campaign that has been spearheaded by MacMillan Cancer Support and the Social Development Committee and follows a consultation by the Department of Social Development with stakeholders.

“To see it come to fruition is welcome news for both those affected by cancer and those campaigning for additional support for patients and their families.

“The legislation, which will come into effect from the end of January, will increase the categories under which a cancer sufferer and the numerous debilitating effects of treatment will be considered as affecting the ability of those affected to engage in work related activity.

“The new method of assessment will ease the passage for cancer patients in seeking support and will hopefully prohibit the need for any Work Capability Assessments to be carried out.”

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