CLIC Sargent has hailed a Bill to give bereaved parents a right to paid time off work as a 'step in the right direction', but wants to see more done by Government and employers to lighten the financial load on families struck by tragedy.
Responding to the Private Members' Bill tabled by Conservative MP Kevin Hollinrake, Clare Laxton, Assistant Director for Policy and Influencing at CLIC Sargent, said: "We know that a childhood cancer diagnosis can have a massive impact on a family for the many months or years of treatment. This means that parents are already struggling to cope financially and emotionally before their worst nightmare happens and their child dies.
"This Bill is a step in the right direction and we welcome the message this sends to employers. These families need time to grieve, but it is vitally important that they don't have to worry about a reduction in pay to a statutory payment amount during that time, no matter how long they have been in their job.
"Taking time off to grieve for your child shouldn't come with its own financial cost. Parents should not have to make a choice based on fear of already mounting debts, risking their own emotional recovery."
About Cancer Costs
Our Cancer costs report and campaign looks specifically at the financial and emotional cost of cancer and how these costs impact families. Cancer costs is part of CLIC Sargent’s three year plan which launched in July 2015 to secure better care for young cancer patients in the UK.