Macmillan Cancer Relief will lobby MPs with a report published today, which highlights that £1.26m of disability benefits recently went unclaimed by people diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The report shows that 54 per cent of the 154,000 people who died of cancer in 2001 did not claim Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance because of confusing forms, embarrassment and a lack of information about their entitlements.
"Our findings are just the tip of the iceberg," said Peter Cardy, the charity's chief executive, alluding to the benefits unclaimed by thousands more people whose cancer has not been diagnosed as terminal. "It is appalling that people affected by cancer are faced with the unacceptable stress of money problems when they are at their most vulnerable," added Cardy.
The charity hopes the figures will achieve early lobbying success to create better access to disability benefits.