Make change happen for young cancer patients - our General Election statement

While the UK waits to see who will form the next Government following the General Election, CLIC Sargent calls on parliamentarians to make change happen for young cancer patients.

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The general election has ended in a hung Parliament, where no party has the 326 seats needed to get an overall majority in the House of Commons.

Clare Laxton, CLIC Sargent’s Assistant Director of Policy and Influencing, said: “CLIC Sargent looks forward to working with whoever forms the next government and we will continue to campaign for them to take action on the issues affecting children and young people with cancer and their families. The financial impact of cancer is huge for thousands of families dealing with their child’s illness and so we will be calling on the Government to take action to do to more to relieve this burden. We want improved access to welfare benefits such as Personal Independence Payments and Disability Living Allowance. We also want children and young people with cancer to have better access to emotional and mental health support during and after treatment.”

Young voters 

In the lead up to the election CLIC Sargent urged young people to register to vote and gave advice to young cancer patients voting for the first time on how to cast their vote.

Clare Laxton added: “It’s really encouraging to hear reports that more young people in the UK have voted in this election. Our pre-election poll indicated that young cancer patients were more than twice as likely to vote than their peers and we hope that politicians from all parties will take action on addressing their key concerns.”

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