Brady welcomes easing of access to benefits for Cancer sufferers

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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

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 will ease the burden of dealing with the illness.

Speaking this week Brady said, “The easing of  criteria 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.

“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 play 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 concerned, to engage in work related activity.

Brady added, “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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