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Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

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Re: Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

Hi everyone

Thanks to Dawnhc for answering the earlier question.

I went back to Kiran in our policy team about miscally's question and this is her reply:

"Prescription charges for cancer patients were abolished from 1 April 2009.

The law was changed to add cancer to the list of conditions that give exemption from prescription charges. Patients undergoing treatment for cancer, including the effects of cancer or the effects of current or previous cancer treatment, are able to apply for a certificate that will give them exemption. This has not changed.

A Review was held in 2009 which recommended that people with long-term conditions should also be exempt from prescription charges, but this has not happened in light of financial pressures."

Best wishes
Leah

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Re: Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

Sorry to 'hi-jack' but I noticed a tiny aside on a news article about the cuts. It said that 'long term conditions' would no longer mean free prescriptions!
Does anyone know anything about this?

Lemongrove
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Re: Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

Thanks Dawn. Looks like those of us with DLA under DS 1500, and ESS under the support group will keep our allowances, and not have to be re-assed after a year.. That's taken the pressure off then.

JulieD
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Re: Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

Hi,
I'm currently on DLA after secondaries dx but am also on Incapacity Benefit from when I was retired on ill health (clinical deopression).
As I understand it I will be migrated to ESA at some point probably the support group, but I've heard that this still means I'd have to go for regular job/advice interviews, is that right? I could really do without additional pressure so am a bit worried - anyone got any info?
Cheers, Julie

dawnhc
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Re: Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

Hi Lemongrove,

Forgive me for butting in here but it may be that Leah doesn't work over the weekend. The way I understod the above is from these 2 comments.

"All Disability Living Allowance claimants, .....will be exempt from this cap."

"This does not apply to .......those with secondary disease who are claiming ESA under the support group."

and Leah's comment in italics above:

It is important to note that the one-year time limit on receiving the ESA would not affect secondary patients who would be under the ‘support group’ of the ESA rather than the ‘work-related activity group’ under review here.

Dawn
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Lemongrove
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Re: Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

I know you probably don't want questions, but I think a number of peeps will be in a similar situation to me - so others may need this info.
am I right in thinking my benefits will not change ?. I am in receipt of Higher rate DLA, claimed under DS1500 rules, and Contribution based Employment Support under the Support Group.

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Comprehensive Spending Review: NHS & benefits

Our policy team has pulled together the key changes in last week's Comprehensive Spending Review, as they may affect people with people with breast cancer.

You can see their summary here: http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/newsblog/newsblog-comprehensive-spending-review and I've posted it below.

If you read to the end, you'll see we're looking for case studies of people who will be affected by the change to ESA ('work-related activity group' only). If you're affected, and you would like to tell us about the impact of this change on your circumstances, please get in touch with .

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The Government announced their plans as to how they would decrease Britain’s deficit on Wednesday 20th October. The raft of commitments, but mainly cuts, that were delivered has the potential to impact greatly on people affected by breast cancer. We have provided a summary of the most relevant proposals below, divided into those related directly to the health service and those relating to benefits that people with breast cancer may be in receipt of:

Health

* The Government will increase overall NHS funding in each year, with total spending growing by 0.4 per cent over the Spending Review period

* However, the NHS has already committed to make up to £20 billion of annual efficiency savings by the end of the Spending Review period

* A new cancer drugs fund of up to £200 million a year for drugs that have not been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) but which your doctor thinks would be beneficial

* Expanding access to psychological therapies

* The following initiatives from the last Labour Government will not be taken forward: free prescriptions for people with long term conditions, the right to one-to-one nursing for cancer patients, and the target of a one week wait for cancer diagnostics

Dept. for Work and Pensions

* The working age benefit system will be reformed with the intention of delivering savings of £7 billion a year by 2014-15

* Over the next two Parliaments the current complex system of means tested benefits and tax credits for people of working age will gradually be replaced with the Universal Credit, which means work will always pay more than being on benefits

* Personalised back-to-work support will be given to the long term unemployed and disabled people, delivered by private and third sector specialists who will be paid on the basis of the additional benefit savings they secure

* Household benefit payments will be capped from 2013 at around £500 per week for couple and lone parent households and around £350 per week for single adult households. All Disability Living Allowance claimants, War Widows, and working families claiming the working tax credits will be exempt from this cap

* Contributory (i.e. those who have paid enough national insurance contributions) Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) for those in the ‘Work Related Activity Group’ (those deemed capable of work in the future) will end after one year. This will save £2 billion a year by 2014-15. This does not apply to the most severely disabled or those claiming ESA on an income related basis, nor those with secondary disease who are claiming ESA under the support group. However, it may affect those people who have had a primary diagnosis but suffering longer-term effects of treatment and/or the cancer diagnosis itself

* Removal of disability living allowance mobility component for people in residential care.

Our concerns about these proposals were raised in the press statement we published on Wednesday but we would also like to pick up on the one-year time limit on receiving the ESA, which could affect breast cancer patients who are in receipt of this benefit.

The one year limit for receiving ESA will be particularly relevant for patients who have had a primary diagnosis and who are suffering longer-term effects of treatment and diagnosis that make it difficult to enter into work. This change affects those people in the ‘work-related activity group’ of the ESA (who are considered able to work at some point in the future), and who are being paid on a ‘contributory basis’ (i.e. if you've paid enough national insurance contributions in a set period). After a year, payments will cease for this group, which will undoubtedly have a detrimental impact on their abilities to make ends meet.

It is important to note that the one-year time limit on receiving the ESA would not affect secondary patients who would be under the ‘support group’ of the ESA rather than the ‘work-related activity group’ under review here.

We are looking for case studies for possible media work into this issue - people that are currently in the ‘work-related activity group’ of the ESA are being paid on a ‘contributory basis.’ If this is you and you would like to tell us about the impact of this change on your circumstances, please get in touch with .

For more information specifically on the changes outlined in the Comprehensive Spending Review contact .