Milestone for advice service

Lanarkshire cancer patients have got �8m in benefits
Lanarkshire cancer patients have got �8m in benefits

A service which offers financial advice to people affected by cancer throughout Lanarkshire has secured an impressive £8 million for its clients.

Since it was established less than two years ago, the Macmillan Lanarkshire Benefits Service has helped more than 3,000 patients, carers and families claim the huge sum in government benefits.

The service is a partnership between Macmillan, North Lanarkshire Council, South Lanarkshire Council, NHS Lanarkshire, the Department for Work and Pensions and the North Lanarkshire Information and Advice Forum.

Recent research by Macmillan found 80 per cent of Scottish cancer patients are £420 worse off after they are diagnosed.

Mhairi Simpson, nurse consultant cancer care, NHS Lanarkshire, said: “Often after a diagnosis of cancer a very real concern for people is how they are going to manage financially – whether it is paying their bills, buying food or paying their travel costs.

“I’m delighted this service has been able to help so many people in such a short space of time and I know many patients and carers would have struggled to claim the money they are entitled to without it.”

To access the service, people in North Lanarkshire should call 01698 332558, while those in South Lanarkshire should call 01698 453140.