Charities propose terminal illness social security change

Section: The ALLIANCEType: News Item Date Published: 15th December 2017

MND Scotland and Marie Curie are suggesting changes to social security legislation to better recognise terminal illness.

Supported by a range of third sector organisations, including the ALLIANCE, the amendment proposes that if terminal illness must be defined in terms of life expectancy then it should be defined as 24 – 36 months.  At present the social security system defines a terminal illness as six months life expectancy.

Defining terminal illness as 24 – 36 months will allow people living with a terminal illness to access the social security they need quickly in a more dignified way and at a level that will support them, as their health deteriorates

Marie Curie and MND Scotland would like to hear from other organisations who may support the amendment. Contact Richard Meade at: for more information.

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