Reply to "Financial Help for Cancer Patients (U.K.)"

Can I just say that you do not have to be sick for 26 weeks to get Income Support and it does open the doors to other forms of help such as Housing Benefit, Community Charge Benefit, NHS costs including travelling costs to hospital. It may, depending on your circumstances, be paid in addition to other benefits as wel (if you receive cetain benefits the Income Support rate is higher).

The benefit system is complicated and if you're not sure you should ask. I would hope that DWP staff give you good advice but go to the Citizens Advice Bureaux if you want a second opinion.
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