Access to benefits

Cancer devastates young people and their families financially from the moment of diagnosis. CLIC Sargent is campaigning so that young cancer patients and their families get access to the benefits they're entitled to, from the moment they need support.

What we know

Young people and their families have told us that getting timely access to benefits should be a priority, and that the process for applying needs to be straightforward.

Benefits such as Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP) are often a lifeline for families, providing some sort of income, however small, to help them cope with increasing costs and falling incomes.

However, often these benefits aren’t able to cope with fluctuating or complicated circumstances.

Young people have told us that the assessment process for PIP can be particularly difficult, with assessors often lacking the understanding and knowledge required to assess the impact of their condition.

What we’re calling for

We believe the government should improve support for young cancer patients and their parents by making changes to the way Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is currently accessed.

Find out more

Read more about young people’s experiences of accessing benefits in our Cancer costs report.