Benefits advice

We currently offer a signposting service to advice on welfare benefits, pending recruitment of a new Benefits Advisor.

Advice offered by some agencies may depend on where you live and/or may require a referral. The Macmillan Cancer Support line and LJMC staff are able to assist you with this.

Useful contacts

Macmillan Cancer Support

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

Ask for a copy of Help with the cost of cancer (published by Macmillan Cancer Support)

Use the Macmillan Benefits Calculator to check the benefits to which you may be entitled.

Government services and information on welfare benefits

Attendance Allowance (AA)
A benefit for anyone who has difficulty looking after themself and is over the state pension age.
0800 731 0122

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
A benefit for anyone who has difficulty moving around or looking after themself and is under the state pension age.
0800 917 2222

Universal credit (UC)
For people over 18 and under state pension age who are on a low income, out of work or ill.
Must be claimed online
0800 328 5644

Carer's Allowance
Call the Carer's Allowance Unit
0800 731 0297

Citizens Advice

Advice line: 0344 411 1444
Call or visit the website for details of local bureaux.
Advice must be sought in the area in which council tax is paid.


Advice line: 0800 678 1602
Advice on benefits, debt, pensions and other financial matters. Use the online tool to find local contact details.

Step Change

0800 138 1111
Debt advice and management plans.


0808 800 4444
Benefits and housing advice helpline

ACAS: Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

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

CLIC Sargent £170 grant for cancer patients under 25 years old.
Macmillan grants One-off grants (up to £350) for cancer patients to cover a wide range of practical needs. Grants are means-tested and made through a health or social care professional. Ask your clinical nurse specialist, at the LJMC or other Macmillan centre.
CURA grants Grants for breast cancer patients (means-tested). Applications can be completed by patients and/or health care professional.
[Grants are generally available to patients who live within the catchment area of Mount Vernon Hospital]
Turn2Us Use the Grant Search to find charitable funds for which you might be eligible.


Help with travel costs

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



Last updated: November 28, 2019