We currently offer a signposting service to advice on welfare benefits.

Advice offered by some agencies may depend on where you live and/or may require a referral. The Macmillan Cancer Support line and LJMC staff are able to assist you with this.

Useful contacts

Macmillan Cancer Support 0808 808 0000
Mon-Fri: 8.00am-8.00pm
Ask for a copy of Help with the cost of cancer (published by Macmillan Cancer Support)
Use the Macmillan Benefits Calculator to check the benefits to which you may be entitled
Government services and information on welfare benefits Attendance Allowance (AA): 0800 731 0122
A benefit for anyone who has difficulty looking after themself and is over the state pension age.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP): 0800 917 2222
A benefit for anyone who has difficulty moving around or looking after themself and is under the state pension age
Universal credit (UC): 0800 328 5644
For people over 18 and under state pension age who are on a low income, out of work or ill
Must be claimed online
Carer’s Allowance: 0800 731 0297
Call the Carer’s Allowance Unit
Citizens Advice Advice line: 0800 144 8848
Call or visit the website for details of local bureaux
Advice must be sought in the area in which council tax is paid

Advice line: 0800 678 1602

Advice on benefits, debt, pensions and other financial matters.

Use the online tool to find local contact details

Step Change

0800 138 1111

Debt advice and management plans


0808 800 4444

Housing advice helpline

ACAS: Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service

0300 123 1100

Clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace

Grants and other sources of help

Young Lives vs Cancer Grants for cancer patients under 25 years old.
Macmillan grants One-off grants (up to £350) for cancer patients to cover a wide range of practical needs. Grants are means-tested.
Applications to be completed by a health or social care professional. Ask your clinical nurse specialist, at the LJMC or other Macmillan centre. Apply by phone: 0808 808 0000
CURA grants Grants for breast cancer patients (means-tested). Applications can be completed by patients and/or healthcare professional.

[Grants are generally available to patients who live within the catchment area of Mount Vernon Hospital]

Turn2Us Use the Grant Search to find charitable funds for which you might be eligible.

Help with travel costs

Some patients may be eligible for reimbursement of the cost of getting to Mount Vernon Hospital. Please ask for more details.

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