Help with financial difficulty in ill-health

Help with financial difficulty in ill-health

Jul 12
Help with financial difficulty in ill-health

When you are struck by ill -health, it can put an increased amount of financial pressure on you at a time when you really don’t need anything else to deal with. However, help is out there:

If you have been diagnosed with cancer, it may be a good idea for you to get in contact with Cancer charity Macmillan. They can offer you advice on benefits you could be entitled to, with real people on hand to talk to you over the phone or helpful publications ready for you to download.

Before January 31 2011, if you needed to stop working due to an illness or disability, you may have been put on to Incapacity Benefit. However, since that date, the government has stopped accepting claims for this benefit and now require people in that situation to claim Employment and Support Allowance instead. This financial support could see you receive from £56.25 a week up to £105.05 a week. It is worth bearing in mind that you will not usually receive any money for the first three days of your claim. This period is known as ‘waiting days’. This is another reason why everyone should aim to have a financial ‘safety blanket’ – a modest amount of money set aside for situations such as this, where you are unexpectedly left in difficulty.

Sometimes, when ill-health strikes, it is necessary to sell your home in order to meet the financial demands you may now face. If this is the case for you, you may benefit from visiting a website such as this one, where you can find out more about selling your home quickly.

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