What about money?

We know parents find the extra costs of cancer a worry, especially if you also have to reduce your work hours to care for your child. The information in these pages aims to offer advice guidance and support, and is intended for parents with children aged 16 or under.

What about money?

Coping with finances

On average parents spend around £367 on extra expenses every month as a result of cancer diagnosis and treatment. This means that you may find yourself struggling to play catch-up with all of your normal bills and day-to-day expenses.

Not only that, but your savings could be swallowed up by general living costs. You may also resort to borrowing money or paying for essential items on credit.

When you're eating meals at the hospital, paying for parking and so on your money gets eaten up fairly soon.

Help available

It may be a comfort to know that financial support is available in the form of benefits and grants and there are a number of ways you can live on a reduced income and borrow money safely. There is further information on some of the assistance you may be entitled to throughout the financial support webpages.

You can also discover more by listening to our podcasts on dealing with debt, budgeting and living on a low income

Filling in forms

Claiming benefits and allowances involves lots of forms. Parents often say they simply can't cope with this in the early weeks after their child is diagnosed, but it's important to claim as soon as possible because some payments can't be backdated.

Your CLIC Sargent Social Worker can help you fill in forms and put you in touch with specialist advice and support.

Find out more

For a detailed review of what you’re entitled to, call CLIC Sargent on 0300 330 0803 and we will put you in touch with one of our specialist benefits advisors.

For more information about state benefits and allowances, go to www.gov.uk or www.nidirect.gov.uk

Updated July 2016, next review due 2017.