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Benefits advice

Advice on welfare benefits is offered in the Drop-in Centre at the LJMC. If you are unable to visit the LJMC in person, please call the Helpline.

This service is only available to patients under the care of an oncologist based at Mount Vernon Cancer Centre.

Useful contacts

Macmillan Cancer Support

0808 808 0000
Mon-Fri: 9.00am-8.00pm

Ask for a copy of Help with the cost of cancer (Macmillan)

Government services and information on welfare benefits

Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
Tel: 0800 055 6688

Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
Tel: 0345 712 3456

Attendance Allowance (AA)
Tel: 0345 605 6055

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
Tel: 0800 917 2222

Carer's benefits: call the Carer's Allowance Unit
Tel: 0345 608 4321

Universal credit (UC)
For people over 18 and under state pension age on a low income or out of work.
Only applies to some postcodes.
Must be claimed online
Tel: 0345 600 0723

Citizens Advice

Visit the website for details of local bureaux.
Advice must be sought in the area in which council tax is paid.

Turn2us An on-line benefit calculator that helps you check the benefits and grants to which you might be entitled.
AgeUK Advice on benefits, debt, pensions and other financial matters. Use the online tool to find local contact details.
Step Change Debt advice and management plans.
Shelter Housing advice helpline
ACAS: Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

Helpline: 0300 123 1100
Clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.



Grants and other sources of help

Macmillan grants

A Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs. Grants are means-tested and are made through a health or social care professional, such as a social worker, district nurse, or a Macmillan nurse. Staff in the LJMC drop-in centre can also help with your application. [more...]


CURA is a local charity that provides modest grants to breast cancer patients to help fund items that may ease the cancer pathway. Grants are means-tested and applications must be made by a health care professional. Staff in the LJMC drop-in centre can help with your application. [more...]

Willow Foundation

A national charity that provides special days for seriously ill 16-40 year olds. Special days aim to give patients a break from the stress and difficult realities of diagnosis and treatment. [more...]

Help with travel costs

Some patients may be eligible for reimbursement of the cost of getting to Mount Vernon Hospital. [more...]



Last updated: August 17, 2018