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Cancer patients can claim after benefit change

I am writing to let your readers know about changes that should make it fairer and easier for cancer patients to claim Employment Support Allowance (ESA).

New rules that came into force on January 28 should mean that most people waiting for, receiving or recovering from cancer treatment should be entitled to ESA for as long as they need it.

Previously this wasn't the case and there may be some people who were refused, or taken off, ESA who may now be entitled to the benefit.

We would like to encourage anyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and thinks they might be eligible for ESA under the new rules to get in touch with one of our benefits teams.

HEATHER MONTEVERDE

General manager,

Macmillan Cancer Support

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