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Cash boost for cancer patients

CANCER patients have unlocked £850,000 in unclaimed benefits over the past year thanks to advice from Maggie’s Nottingham.


The free service at the specialist cancer support centre helped to ease money worries of people, some terminally ill, who find it hard to cope.

  1. Advice: Benefits adviser Chris Bissett talks to former cancer patient and Maggie’s volunteer Anne Singh at the Maggie’s cancer support centre at the City Hospital.

Last year nearly 1,000 people sought information from Maggie’s about entitlements, making benefits advice one of the services most in demand at the centre in the City Hospital grounds, where emotional, practical and psychological support is provided.

Cancer patients list money worries as a main concern, second only to major pain, and it is only once they have been helped to put their finances in order that they can focus on treatment.

The vital support is likely to be more crucial than ever in the year ahead due to benefit cuts, such as the new bedroom tax, which started this month.

Banks offered new guidance on dealing with family carers

Banks offered new guidance on dealing with carers

  • By: Joanna Faith
  • 03 Apr 2013
  • All banks and building societies in the UK have today received new guidance to support carers and relatives who manage accounts on behalf of other people.

The framework – and the complementary consumer guide which accompanies it – aims to help these people have a better and more consistent experience, reducing their burden at what can be a very difficult time.

Arranging to run an account on behalf of a loved one is a challenge faced by thousands of people every year. Since 2007, 536,941 Lasting Powers of Attorney have been registered in the UK to manage property and affairs, which includes the management of financial matters. In 2012 there were around 800,000 people in the UK suffering from dementia with this number forecast to rise to more than a million by 2021.

The guidance framework has been jointly developed by the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG), the British Bankers Association (BBA) and the Building Societies Association (BSA), working in collaboration with the Law Society, Alzheimer’s Society, Solicitors for the Elderly and Age UK.

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital will open £4.5m cancer centre later in the year

New cancer treatment centre on course at N&N

Adam Gretton, Health correspondent Tuesday, March 26, 2013
12:00 PM

A multi-million pound cancer treatment building is on course for completion by the end of the year at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.


The new radiotherapy cancer treatment building under construction at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAYThe new radiotherapy cancer treatment building under construction at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Officials at the NHS trust say that the new radiotherapy cancer treatment unit is set to increase capacity by a third when it is fully up and running.

Plans for how the final £4.5m centre will look went on display at the hospital yesterday and will be on show in the east atrium for the rest of the week.

The work by R G Carter has hit the halfway mark and the construction project is on course for completion in October. However, hospital officials are not sure when the centre will be fully operational, which will depend on the installation and testing of a linear accelerator, which will be used to carry out radiation therapy on patients.