Self Employment and Benefits?

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Hello…. I have just received a breast cancer diagnosis a couple of days ago. I live on my own, so only income into my house. I have recently started up my own Business, about 9 months ago, and am just building it up. Will there be any benefits I can apply for, to help with with mortgage and living costs if unable to work /have to reduce my hours? Advice on where to look would be appreciated 

  • Hello GardeningGirl


    I am sorry to hear about your recent breast cancer diagnosis.. My name is Linda and I am one of the Work Support Advisers at Macmillan Cancer Support.

    Benefits enquiries

    Our area of expertise on the Work Support Team focuses on employment law and making sure people are aware of their rights. As such, benefit queries are outside our remit and so I would need to direct you to a team of Macmillan Welfare Rights advisors.

    The Welfare Rights team is unfortunately not currently available on our Online Community so I unable to facilitate a response via the Community. However, they are available to speak to by calling 0808 808 0000 from Monday to Friday between 8am and 8pm and weekends from 9am until 5pm by selecting option 1, followed by option 2 and option 2 again. Alternatively, you can email them your query directly using this link.You may also wish to contact our Welfare Rights team by webchat


    If you have any employment-related concerns, I would encourage you to come back to us as we would be happy to advise you further.

    Please see our booklets Work and Cancer  and  Help with the cost of cancer.

    Here is a link to information about the Macmillan support line.



    Work Support Advisor

    Remember you can also speak with the Macmillan Support Line team of experts. Phone free on 0808 808 0000 (7 days a week, 8am-8pm) or by email