Response to proposed sickness benefit withdrawal
Below is a response from Teenage Cancer Trust following the David Cameron and Ed Miliband clash on Wednesday 15 June during Prime Minister’s questions in regards to the proposed sickness benefit withdrawal after 12 months of the Employment Support Allowance (ESA).
Sasha Daly, Head of Policy for Teenage Cancer Trust comments: “Young people with cancer are often very keen to get back to work quickly when they have completed their treatment as this marks a return to normality after the destructive impact of cancer. We have a duty to protect and support these young people, not to put them under financial stress as they try to get their lives back on track. Teenage Cancer Trust has supported amendments to the Welfare Bill and Professor Harrington’s review of work capability assessment in order to ensure young people with cancer will be supported back to work, not scared back into it. It’s time this was raised at the highest level as this will impact many thousands of people at one of the most vulnerable times in their lives.”