Around ten people every day are dying while waiting for their benefit claim to be answered - but the public overwhelmingly supports cutting red tape for dying people claiming benefits according to a new survey commissioned by terminal illness charity Marie Curie.
The results show that 88% of UK adults agree everyone who has a terminal illness should have quick and easy access to financial support. Eight in ten (80%) agree that terminally ill people should not be expected to look for work or have their capacity for work assessed.
Commenting in response Jonathan Ellis, Director of Advocacy and Change at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“It is unacceptable that dying people have to face such big bureaucratic hurdles when trying to access their benefits. This causes unnecessary pressure and emotional distress for dying people and their families when time is very precious.
“As this survey shows, there is strong public support for action to speed up the benefit claim process, so that dying people get faster, fairer access to financial support.
“We fully support Marie Curie’s work to draw attention to the need for change on this important issue.”
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