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Benefits Q&A: Thursday 28 May 2015, 12-1pm (Closed)

Priscilla - admin
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Ask the experts your benefits questions right here in the forums. Benefits advisers Sinead and Jane will be here to answer your questions on Thursday 28 May from 12-1pm.

Money worries are the last thing you need when you or a loved one has cancer. Sinead and Jane work on the Macmillan Support Line and will be here to answer questions about claiming benefits for people with cancer and their carers.

Sinead, Macmillan benefits adviser Jane, Macmillan benefits adviser

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gibby
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Hi, I was diagnosed with BC in February 2015 and I'm in full time employment. My contract states I receive full pay for 6 months then half pay for 6 months. Can you please advise if I am entitled to any financial support once I start getting paid half pay. Many Thanks
adolph7
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Hi, there,IHave advanced metastatic prostate cancer .I am receiving hormone treatment and have just had a single course of radio therapy to my spine my question is .can I apply for attendance allowance and more importantly will Iget it? I am aged 74 diagnosed 16 months ago Thankyou .wilmars.
Priscilla - admin
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We've been sent this question by email:

"Hi,

I am still working, and would have 6 months on full pay and 6 months on half. Would I get any benefits?

Thanks"

Priscilla - admin
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And here is one other question that we've received by email:

"Hi there,

I live in Northern Ireland and was diagnosed with Pseudomxoma Peritonei in Jauary of this year. I had full cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC in Basingstoke on 21st April.

      I've been off work from late December and only receive statutory sick pay. This is coming to an end soon and it could be some time before I'm fit for work again. What benefits are available for me to claim after this 26 week sick pay period?"

Priscilla - admin
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Hi everyone,

Sinead and Jane, our two benefits advisers are now logged in and we're ready to start the chat. 

Thanks to everyone who has posted a question - Sinead and Jane are working on answers now and will post them shortly.

If anyone else has a question, just click 'reply' on this discussion to post it.

Sinead-Macmillan
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adolph7
Hi, there,IHave advanced metastatic prostate cancer .I am receiving hormone treatment and have just had a single course of radio therapy to my spine my question is .can I apply for attendance allowance and more importantly will Iget it? I am aged 74 diagnosed 16 months ago Thankyou .wilmars.

Hi there, sorry to hear about your diagnosis. Attendance Allowance is based on your care needs rather than your diagnosis. The form to apply for Attendance Allowance looks at a number of different tasks related to your personal care. It assesses whether you need help from another person or from aids or adaptations. If you need help you can receive Attendance Allowance, even if you are not actually receiving help at the moment.

I hope you find this information helpful. If you do have any further questions, or would like further information, please get in touch via email or call us free* from landlines and mobile phone networks on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm.

Sinead

Sinead,

Welfare Rights Team, Macmillan Support Line

Jane H - Macmillan
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gibby
Hi, I was diagnosed with BC in February 2015 and I'm in full time employment. My contract states I receive full pay for 6 months then half pay for 6 months. Can you please advise if I am entitled to any financial support once I start getting paid half pay. Many Thanks

Hi there

I would advise you to check your payslips to see whether you have been paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) within your occupational sick pay, which should be the case. SSP is paid by your employer for 28 weeks. Around week 23 – 25, your employer should send you a completed form, called an SSP1, which you will need. So long as you have paid sufficient national insurance contributions over the last two financial years, you should apply for contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance from Jobcentre Plus, which should start when your SSP has finished.

For further information, follow the link -

https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/overview

There may be other financial assistance available to you, depending on your household circumstances and we would be happy to do a full benefit check for you. To do this we would need you to have the following ready: Full details of all household income, including benefits, savings and investments, full rent/mortgage and council tax payments. We will also need the financial circumstances of anyone else who lives in the same household.

Please call the helpline on 0808 808 0000 and ask for the Welfare Rights Team.

Alternatively, you can get in touch via email or call us free* from landlines and mobile phone networks on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm.

Jane

Sinead-Macmillan
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Priscilla - admin

And here is one other question that we've received by email:

"Hi there,

I live in Northern Ireland and was diagnosed with Pseudomxoma Peritonei in Jauary of this year. I had full cytoreductive surgery with HIPEC in Basingstoke on 21st April.

      I've been off work from late December and only receive statutory sick pay. This is coming to an end soon and it could be some time before I'm fit for work again. What benefits are available for me to claim after this 26 week sick pay period?"

 

Hi there! 

After SSP ends, you may be entitled to Employment and Support Allowance. This will depend on your National Insurance contributions or your household income and savings.  You can find out more here: http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/index/information-and-services/money-tax-and-benefits/benefits-and-financial-support/ill-or-injured/employment-and-support-allowance-people-with-disabilities.htm

Entitlement to ESA may also mean you are entitled to other benefits.

 If you would like to check whether you qualify, please contact us free from landlines and mobile phone networks on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm, or send us an email.

Sinead

Sinead,

Welfare Rights Team, Macmillan Support Line

Jane H - Macmillan
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Priscilla - admin

We've been sent this question by email:

"Hi,

I am still working, and would have 6 months on full pay and 6 months on half. Would I get any benefits?

Thanks"

As with Gibby, above, I would advise you to check your payslips to see whether you have been paid Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) within your occupational sick pay, which should be the case. SSP is paid by your employer for 28 weeks. Around week 23 – 25, your employer should send you a completed form, called an SSP1, which you will need. So long as you have paid sufficient national insurance contributions over the last two financial years, you should apply for contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance from Jobcentre Plus, which should start when your SSP has finished.

If you have a cancer diagnosis, you are eligible also to free prescriptions. We can send you an application if you contact us.

For further information, follow the link - https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance/overview

There may be other financial assistance available to you, depending on your household circumstances and we would be happy to do a full benefit check for you. To do this we would need you to have the following ready: Full details of all household income, including benefits, savings and investments, full rent/mortgage and council tax payments. We will also need the financial circumstances of anyone else who lives in the same household.

Please call the helpline on 0808 808 0000 and ask for the Welfare Rights Team.

Alternatively, you can get in touch via email or call us free* from landlines and mobile phone networks on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm.

Jane

Priscilla - admin
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Any more questions about claiming benefits? Our benefits advisers are still here until 1pm, so just click the reply button on this thread to post yours and get an answer.

Jayne - Macmillan
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Hello - could you tell me a little bit about Attendance Allwance for a cancer patient over the age of 65 who has now developed 24/7 care needs

Jane H - Macmillan
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Jayne - Macmillan

Hello - could you tell me a little bit about Attendance Allwance for a cancer patient over the age of 65 who has now developed 24/7 care needs

Hi there

If they are not already receiving any disability benefits, such as Disability Living allowance then they may be eligible to apply for Attendance Allowance (AA), which is payable to people over the age of 65 who has difficulty with personal care. There are two rates of AA, the lower rate is generally payable to people who have significant care needs either during the daytime, or the night time, or the higher rate, which is generally payable to people who have care needs both during the day and during the night, or have been given a poor prognosis and life expectancy may be generally perceived to be 6 months or less, in which case you may be able to obtain a special medical report called a DS1500 from the consultant, GP, or specialist nurse to fast-track the claim and will automatically qualify the person for the highest rate.

We have AA application forms that we can send to you, and can also help you to complete the form over the telephone.

For further information Link to: 

https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance/overview

I hope you find this information helpful. If you do have any further questions, or would like further information, please get in touch via email or call us free* from landlines and mobile phone networks on 0808 808 0000, Monday to Friday, 9am – 8pm.

* it is free to call Macmillan from landlines and most mobile networks however it is worth checking with your mobile phone provider if you are unsure.