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Read weekly blogs from benefits advisor Tom. Post questions, share experiences around financial support in the conversations, message Tom privately or book an online ‘live chat’ session.

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    Hello all, At the end of last week, a welcome change was made to help ease a real problem that was beginning to surface in some of our Centres as ...

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    Hello,  This post and an a accompanying Benefits Blog - available here - is inspired by a query from a Centre member this...

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    Hello, Hello, New benefit rates apply from next week. There are a few small announcements around some changes but the biggest impact in coming mo...

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    Hello all, Yesterday, The Independent newspaper reported on research by Macmillan that shows a 10% increase in the incidence of cancer amongst 16 ...

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    Hello all, I'm going to be away from the Centre for the next 3 weeks, back from March 12th. By all means, do drop me a message at anytime until t...

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  • Hi   I am trying to fill out a PIP claim form and its a mind field, I have to MacMillan or Citizens advise anywhere near me. Is there anyon...

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    Hello all, All though cancer is very much a physical illness it comes with huge emotional and psychological impacts. So today's details of how th...

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    Hello, In a seasonal, mid wintry, Christmassy/ Yuley Benefits Blog posted today,  I take a look at:   - the Christmas Bonus, benefits o...

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    Hello, Your benefits correspondent is standing up and walking in time with the rolling news banner - oh no he has fallen over :-)  as he summ...

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  • Hello I have just lost my mam due to cancer I was wondering if anyone can help me with some things I need to sort out e.g. debt 

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    Hello, Universal Credit (UC) doesn't change any of the ways help with health costs works in the four home nations of the UK. Health costs may wel...

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    Hello, This month is seeing the roll out of Universal Credit big time, with the number of areas covered by Full Service UC almost  doubling b...

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    Hello, Rumours of Universal Credit have for many of us had something of that "far away country, of which we know nothing" feel about them. But the...

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    Hello, Reading Sue's excellent blog on Family Support and Cancer - available here  - set me musing on just one small aspect of the support we...

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    Hello, For many the thought of sums causes a slight panic and traumas of double maths on a Tuesday afternoon. But in the Benefits Blog - availabl...

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    Hello, While those of us in the nations outside of England may wonder at the strange practise of Prescription charges , we still share the financi...

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    Hello, This blogging time, I bring you exciting news of a new partnership between Maggie's and Turn2Us and their new Response Fund. This fund is ...

  • Hi everyone, I am due to start 4 weeks of Radiotherapy and I will need to rely on public transport to get me there and back each day. Is there an...

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    Hello all, It's that time of year again when HMRC send you the annual tax credit renewals information. Another admin pain, especially if you are c...

  • I have recently been diagnosed with throat cancer. I have no idea how to go about getting financial help. I wouldn't even know where to start. My w...

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    Hello everyone, My colleague, Steph, the Benefits Advisor at Maggie's Newcastle, has just posted a really handy article -  Ten Top Tips for C...

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    Hello, Part Three of my mini-series on Means Tested Benefits and Tax Credits is now available here This looks at the help available with par...

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    Hello, Part Two of my mini-series on Means Tested Benefits and Tax Credits is now available here This is cooks tour of all the means tested bene...

  • My sister and I both have cancer and are undergoing treatment. Our mother is 88, lives independently at home but we are both her main carers. She h...

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    Hi everyone, I have just started a new mini series looking at the current means tested benefits and tax credits. Part 1 - available here - l...

  • My sister has just been diagnosed with aggressive MDS and has been told to retire on medical grounds - five and a half years before state retiremen...

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    Hello  In the last of my mini-series looking at changes on the horizon - available here - I catch up with the slowly rolling out big "welfare...

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    Hello Just a suggestion for anyone thinking of making a claim for :   - Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) or   - U...

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    Hello, In a delayed second part of my mini series on New Years, and Mood and Benefits changes, I move on to look at the April changes ahead. &nbs...

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    Hello all,  Last Friday the Government decided to rush through some changes to the points system used in determining who is entitled to ...

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    Hello, New Years, are traditionally a time of review, determined resolutions, perhaps in my case atriumph of hope over expectation. But as your l...

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    Hello, You may have come across our Find out more about... series of short (2 sides of paper) introductions to key benefit topics. The ...

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    Hi all, You know how at the end of moving, emotional, eye opening TV programmes up pops the message "If you have been affected by the issues ...

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    Hello, I will be away with the elves and pixies over the next week or so. The staff cats may be away but our Centre remains open for the mice to p...

  • i am supporting my sister in law with terminal cancer, she has been offered a council bungalow as she cannot manage the stairs and i am trying to f...

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    Hello, At a recent "Talking Benefits, Financial Help and Cancer" support group session, we took a look at some of the possible grants and support ...

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    Hello, I have been passed details of a programme of free winter webinars on matters financial, that are being offered by a charity called St Berna...

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    Cancer can create many extra costs.  As part of our talkiing benefits series  you can join our  benefits advisor, Tom,  for a l...

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    Hello, This Monday - 7th November 2016 -  saw the introduction of new lower limits the  "Benefits Cap" But what is this cap and what mig...

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    Hello, One of my colleagues - working in our West Londondon Centre - has passed on details of a charitable trust offering free Sim cards - includi...

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    Hello, I have recently updated a Benefits Blog about two of our favourite benefits  among Benefits Advisors - Attendance Allowance (AA)&...

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    Hello, Gentle readers of my magic roundabout inspired blog blog on Pension Credit - available here -may feel that the system can be almo...

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    Hello, Sometimes it helps to look at how that important but often underclaimed  Pension Credit works -and might apply to you -  by ...

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    Hello, In recent blogs focussing on older people I started by looking at how the biggest benefit of all Retirement Pension works and how there are...

  • I'm currently working but ongoing side effects of surgery and radiotherapy is making it impossible to continue. Although I was diagnosed six years ...

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    Hi all, Many people have been understandably anxious about how the referendum vote affects their status when residing in other EU countries. That ...

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    Hello all,  For those of us reaching pension age after 6th April 2016, there is a new simpler single tier State Pension to look forward to. ...

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    Am I entitled to any. Working at Raigmore on full pay at the moment and told that it will be extended to as much as a year. We do not drive so ev...

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    Elsewhere, Robyn posted a very handy note about prescription charges. I thought I'd do the equivalent of re-tweeting it here with an added comment....

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    Hello, The State Retirement Pension is the biggest single benefit - and one that is growing - in real terms - totalling £91.4 billion a year...

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    Hello, Over the next couple of weeks, I will be posting some blogs about the slightly different world of benefits in "pension age".   - In P...

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    Hello,  I don't if anyone caught the programme from Channel 4's highly respected Dispatches series documentary  on April 11th ? If not ...

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    Hello, The new financial year started on April 5th and it's traditionally a time in "benefitsland" to introduce a number of changes to the system ...

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    Hello, Or I should say "Switching from Disability Living Allowance to Personal Independence Payment - some frequently asked questions" :-) Follow...

  • Hi, I thought it might be useful to share a recent experience regarding some credit card debt - it may help others.  My mum was diagnos...

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    Hello, Well the furore over whether or not to change the Personal Independence Payment (PIP)points system is over and a shock resignation Ho...

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    Hello all, With many people who were on Disability Living Allowance (DLA) having to make the switch to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) , my ne...

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    Hello, Finally - after the computer swallowed my homework - I have completed my mini-series of blogs on the latest anoouncements of future benefit...

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    Hello everyone, Part of the changes during today's brief maintenance closure, was to implement plans to make the Benefits Blogs more visible one a...

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    Hello fellow Centre Members, If you claim DLA, you may have noticed an item on the news last night, suggesting there may be trouble ahead :-( Dis...

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    Hello, Part Four of my mini-series of blogs about the Summer Budget and Autumn Statement changes to "working age" benefits is available ...

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    Hello, It's a new year - or will be properly after we celebrate the old New Year's Eve tomorrow here in the far west :-). I have lots of good res...

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    Hi all, Technology was not with me to get my Benefits Blog about contacts, support and benefits payments should a problem arise while I am away, u...

  • hi everyone, Last week I got a letter to go to a work focused interview as I am claiming ESA(contributions based). The next day I got a letter sa...

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  • hi i been on esa 2years now and i have to keep sending in sick notes every 2 moths,and now i been awarded pip,do anyone know how long i have to kee...

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    Hello everyone, A number of queries have come up or been sent in to the Talking about Benefits, Financial Help and Cancer support group, conc...

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    Hello everyone,   A new Benefits Blog: Child Changes    In my third blog on the Budget changes - available here - I focus on the...

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    Hello all, One of the important questions for people of working age as they move into recovery from cancer and its treatments is whether or not to...

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    Hello everyone, I have been reading a recent article on the Independent newspaper website, in their 'money' section. Entitled 'Nationwide offering...

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    Hello all, One of the major stressors when dealing with any cancer diagnosis, is wondering how to make ends meet. You may be sitting with a pile o...

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    Hello all, Sometimes during a cancer journey, paid work is out of the question, whether you are going through it yourself or taking time out to su...

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    Good afternoon all, Just a reminder that the Find Out More About Benefits and Cancer Support Group has now moved to Tuesday evenings from 7pm to 8...

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    Hello all, Just to let you to about a new pair of Benefits blogs taking a look at the big new benefit changes announced in the Summer Budget You ...

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    Hi all, Attendance Allowance (AA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) have long been among advisor's favourites in maximising people's benefits ...

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    Hi all Today's Find Out More About Benefits and Cancer support  group session and next weeks will have as a theme any queries, concerns or fe...

  • Hi I have read Toms brilliant blogs but I need some help with my claim for ESA. I have myelitis and have been off work since Boxing day. I have b...

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  • Hi Im an Auntie who is worried about her 28yr old nephew who is heading to Jacksonville to received Proton Treatment , we are led to beleive Treatm...

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    Hello all, I'm away next week (from the 6th to the 10th) so I won't be able to answer messages as quickly as I would like.  And there also w...

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    Hi all, Since our much needed spring clean and tidy up, I'm often asked "Where have all the Benefit Blogs gone?" in tones almost as plaintive as M...

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    Hello everyone, Carer's week was in early June, but they desrve more than that :-).  In a series of  three blogs this month I look at b...

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    Good morning, Just a reminder that the Find Out More About Benefits and Cancer support group is in session today - and every Friday - from 12.00p ...

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    Hello, In this month of Carer's Week - as highlighted by Sue in her blog here -  my benefits blog is focussing on Benefits and Carers.  ...

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    Hello, I'm afraid I'm away today so regret that today's session of the Find Out More About Benefits and Cancer Group is not happening. But we're ...

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    Hello everyone, Just a reminder of today's Find Out More About Benefits and Cancer support group session at 12.00pm. The idea of this group is a ...

  • I have been working since being diagnosed with prostate cancer with spread to the hips and lower back for almost 2 years now. Things are getting di...

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    Hello, A recent critical Work and Pensions Select Committee report in Parliament and a Channel 4 Dispatches progremme  has triggered a pair o...

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  • I am not sure that I am in the right place for this question but hopefully you can point me in the right direction. I have neck/throat cancer and ...

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  • HELLO I CAME OFF JSA AND TOOK WORK FOR A FEW DAYS THINKING IT WOULD BE OK. OVER THE FEW DAYS I WAS THERE I STARTING GETTING RECURRING PROBLEMS WITH...

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  • Hi i have been informed that my employer is to offer me ill health retirement.I will receive a pension plus a lump sum.  Would i be entitled ...

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  • I am requesting information about the above concerns please. Would doubly value your help,direction, advIceand guidance as I have not worked for a ...

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    Hi all, Just a quick hello in passing. I'm off this week so will be replying to all messages on my return. This also means no Find Out More Abou...

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    Good morning all, Back from a brief busman's holiday and mini-tour. One way to understand Universal Credit is to run a training course on it :-) ...

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    Hi all, I'm finishing off my trio of blogs looking at the differences where you live can make as welfare reform rolls out by taking a look at the ...

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    Hi all, While benefits is mostly a UK wide thing, there are some growing differences that mean that what you claim can be affected by where you li...

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    Hi all, I attended an interesting stakeholders event with Capita yesterday, one of the two companies assessing people for Personal Independence Pa...

  • hi there, can u advise me whether or not i will get any 'back to work' money? i am on esa at the moment and am thinking of going back in to full-ti...

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  • can anyone help me with regards to benefits or anything my dad will be entitled to, he works full time but is off on the sick just now his work pay...

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  • Hi As a pensioner I am wondering what Benefits are available?  Having read through the Benefits Bloge I am unsure which would apply to Pensio...

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  • Hi there, I'm sorry as I am sure this has been asked so many times before... my mum has terminal cancer and we are trying to work out what benefit...

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  • i am a pensioner and have cancer,i only recieve sta.te pension i need to have someone with me when i travel through years of aggrophobia.it is cost...

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  • my wife has just been diagnosed with cancer for the third time in her life is she entitled to claim p.i.p.

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  • Hello friends I am new to the Maggies Online community so hello to everyone. I am really concerned by the national scandal of the Personal indep...

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  • Hi. I'm new to the group. My 72 year old mum was diagnosed in February with NSC lung cancer which has metastisised to her bones and liver. ...

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    Hi all   I am often asked “What benefits can I get while off from work?” .    A few blogs back I wrote a pair of blo...

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    Hi all, In a blog that I have posted today here, I thought in this springtime after April benefit changes, it might be a good time to take a ...

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    Hello all, Today is the day from which annual increases in pensions and benefits start to apply. Your next payment - be it fortnightly or four wee...

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    Hi all, After much looking at what has changed I thought it could be handy to go back to basics and take a fresh look at the main benefits for peo...

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  • Hi   I was diagnosed with ME 2 years ago but still work..I tried to claim DLA but was told I was not bad enough  ( ME is sporadic but o...

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    Dear all,   I have to go for a work focused interview tomorrow and could do with some advice on how to prepare/what to expect as I normally ...

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    Hi all, The unpopularly named bedroom tax is having a big impact for people living in council or housing association properties, with up to 46% of...

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  • My dad is in hospital with Primary CNS Lymphoma. From the moment he first went to the doctors to now is only 8 weeks. He is now an inpatient at the...

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    Hi all, The end of October saw some important benefit changes if not as dramatic as the DWP were planning. In the first of two blogs which you ca...

  • I have just been diagnosed with prostate cancer. I may need to have radiotherapy which is 5 days a week for 4 weeks.  I live about 18 miles fr...

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    Hi all, A lot of my blogging virtual ink has been around the whirlwind of welfare reform affecting those of "working age". However, cancer is oft...

  • I'm 43 married mum of 1 & I was diagnosed with endometriosis cancer in 2002, which I had a hysterectomy followed by Radiotherapy and radioactiv...

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    Hi all, A lot of my blogging virtual ink has been around the whirlwind of welfare reform affecting those of "working age". However, cancer is oft...

  • Hi, My mum is 57 and was diagnosed with terminal cancer in mid Sep. The current prognosis is 3 - 6 months. Her work policy is 30 days full pa...

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  • Hello I was diagnosed in April and am currently half-way through chemotherapy post surgery (thru to end Nov), and this will be followed by radioth...

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    With chops, cuts and changes and politicians concerned that it is all "getting out of control", Housing Benefit is experiencing penty of changes. ...

  • Hi I currently get DLA since having an Ivor Lewis operation in August 2012 due to difficulty with my personal care and mobility issues, I will be ...

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  • Hi I am trying to purchase Life insurance for my husband who has Prostate Cancer.  He did have a policy which has now lapsed.  He is 69 ...

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  •   Hi everyone, We received some devastating news last week.  My mum was diagnosed with lung cancer and to make matters worse it has...

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    Hi all, Heres a place to post any comments or queries about the benefit caps. The one which is in the news of late is the cap at median earnings....

  • I have 2 questions that I would like to ask please 1- Should I get free dental care whilst having chemo/radiotherapy? 2- in readiness for the...

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  • Hi I am a single mum who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April.  My company are being very good and are paying me full pay for the first 6...

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  • Hi I'm working but have just been sighed off what benefits can I get need help I'm a single mum. Thanks 

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    The blogs in our benefits advice section  were written by our online benefits advisor Jude who sadly died recently. They contain a wealth of i...

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    Hi all, Over the next 3 weeks I am blogging about the new Personal independence Payment starting here with an introduction to what it is, where it...

  • I am a retired gynae/oncolgy nurse(early retirement due to prolapsed l4 +l5 and sciatica on ct scan diagnosis.. I was diagnosed with endometrial c...

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  • We're not quite struggling but I'd love to get the house fixed up while my wife goes through chemo. I suspect a loan from the bank would not be loo...

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  • HI how does one go about  claiming DLA or the new equivalent ? I have worked all my life and never claimed any benefits so feel completely clu...

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  • Hi there  Does anyone have any advise on what is available to my parents as they seem to be under the impression as they are now pensioners t...

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  • I was made redundant in August 2011 and took early retirement as part of the package. I had just gone back to work on a temporary contract when I w...

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    This week is the last week for people to start a new claim for disability Disability Living Allowance. So if you have been thinking about claiming...

  • Hello all, I am a self employed person who has has bowel cancer. At the moment my boyfriend and friends are busy trying to keep my buisiness going...

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  • im wondering if anyone can help me with my mums has terminal cancer and we have had to contact with any macmillion nurses do they ever come and see...

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