Terminally ill 'face benefit delay'

Husband comforting wife in hospital bed
Husband comforting wife in hospital bed

Terminally ill cancer patients are facing "severe" delays in receiving benefit payments under the Government's flagship new welfare system for disabled people, with dozens of people dying before ever receiving payments, a leading charity has warned.

Macmillan Cancer Support branded delays in processing personal independence payment (PIP) claims "deplorable", while the official responsible for the introduction of the system admitted to MPs that some patients with fatal conditions had suffered "awful experiences" because of a service that was "not up to standard".
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