Fighting cancer can be a tough enough battle without the added stress of having to worry about the implications on your finances. This list is designed to provide you with resources so that you can focus on the important things.  Check with each agency or organisation listed to see if you qualify for help.

If you find resources that are not covered in this list please do let us know.

Financial Advice and Support for the Sick

The Citizens Advice Bureau offers a comprehensive list of benefits available to those that are sick including information about Statutory Sick Pay (SSP).

Cancer Research UK provides a list of government benefits you may be entitled to if you or a loved one is living with cancer.

Macmillan provides practical advice for people diagnosed with cancer, their families and friends. Financial issues can cause worry when someone becomes ill. Many people find that a diagnosis of cancer affects their finances.

Carers Allowance

Carers Direct provides details of support available for carers, including assessments, benefits, direct payments, individual budgets and time off. There is also information on how to access information about, and support from, health and social care services for the person being cared for. You can read the information on the site or contact Carers Direct via their helpline or by email.

Contact: Carers Direct Hotline
Telephone: 0808 802 0202

Self-Employed and Living with Cancer

This section of the Macmillan site aims to help if you have been diagnosed with cancer and are self-employed. You may also find this information helpful if you run a small business employing fewer than ten people.

Other Useful Resources

Simpal will provide free calls/text/data and mobiles where appropriate, to those affected by cancer aiming to help minimise some of the isolation, loneliness and financial pressure that many people affected by cancer face. This service offers 6 months of free calls and texts to help when spare money may be tight. It also is available for people around the patient, not only the patient.

This service is absolutely free and available wherever you are in the UK.  Please get in touch if you or anyone you know may benefit from their work – there is an online application form to complete or someone can complete the application form over the telephone. Tel: 0800 5677890. You can also apply on someone else’s behalf, for example if you are a carer or health care professional.

Macmillan has created a quick and easy tool that can provide you with useful tips and information whether you’re a person living with cancer, a carer or family member. Find guidance on:

  • managing day-to-day spending and helping you to plan your bills and other expenses so you can work out how to make your outgoings match your income
  • pensions and early retirement
  • estate planning – from sorting out your affairs to managing your will
  • a budget calculator to help you sort out your current and future needs
  • borrowing and mortgages
  • travel, life and payment protection insurance