Cancer is the toughest thing that many of us face, and the impact of a diagnosis of cancer on your finances might not be one of the first things you think about. But having cancer can be expensive. Your income may go down and your sending may go up. You may have to pay for a special diet, child care, higher heating cost or travel to a hospital.
The Staffordshire Macmillan Welfare Service offers free, impartial, confidential welfare benefits advice to people living with cancer, their carers and families to ease the additional pressure a diagnosis can bring.
The Service offers:
- Advice on what benefits you and your family could claim, whether or not you are able to work
- Advice about how to claim, and help to do this if needed.
- Advice and assistance to apply for one-off Macmillan Grants ( for example, for clothing, bedding, heating bill and transport, as well as practical household items).
- Advice and assistance on appeals/ reconsideration’s, against decisions on your benefit entitlement.
The service provides outreach sessions:
- At the Cancer Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital on Wednesday afternoons.
- At Queens Hospital, Burton on Mondays.
- At Stafford Hospital on Thursday mornings.
If you are interested in attending any of these sessions please contact us first to confirm availability.
To access the Staffordshire Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service
Telephone us on 01782 667321
Alternatively, ask your specialist nurse or Macmillan Cancer Information service to make a referral to us.
We can then arrange a face to face appointment, help you over the telephone or via email.