Maggie's CancerLinks

Financial help

The diagnosis of cancer may result in extra costs due to travelling, special diet, or childcare at a time when finances are restricted, due to an inability to work. If you are employed you may be entitled to occupational sickness benefits. Whether you are employed or not, you may be entitled to state benefits.
Some  specialist charities also provide patient grants. You may want to make contact to see if they can offer you any financial help.

Maggies Centres have Benefits advisors offering free advice.  Check individual Centre timetables for drop in benefits advice or drop into the Centres anytime  to book an appointment with a benefits advisor. 

Prescription charges vary depending on where you live in the UK.

Prescriptions are now free for anyone living in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. People with cancer in England have been able to apply for an exemption certificate  allowing them to access to free prescriptions since 1st April 2009. You can find out more the certificate and how to apply for one by scrolling down this page and following the links on prescription charges.

Page last edited: 08 July 2014

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