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Parents of Children Stuck By Cancer Driven Into Debt, Claims Leading Cancer Charity (8 December 2011)

Date: 08/12/2011
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Parents of Children Stuck By Cancer Driven Into Debt, Claims Leading Cancer Charity

A cancer charity has found that two-thirds of parents of children diagnosed with cancer have found themselves struggling to cope financially. The cancer charity, who surveyed 245 families, claimed that 76 per cent of those surveyed reported that their child’s diagnosis had had a significant impact on their finances, with two in three of respondents suffering a loss of income. CLIC Sargent conducted the survey. The charity is now urging the Government to review the financial support that it provides to families struck by cancer.

The charity’s report, “Counting the Costs of Cancer”, also told of how 90 youngsters with cancer had been asked their views through online surveys, telephone interviews and focus groups. Parents and children themselves informed that charity that monthly cancer-related expenses totalled an average of £367 and £277 respectively. The average course of treatment lasted three years, with finances being drained considerably during this time. This amounted to spending an average of £4,400 and £3,325 for parents and youngsters respectively, the report claimed.

The costs incurred through cancer treatment included travel to and from medical facilities, parking at these facilities, new clothing required due to weight loss, food and drink to supplement that provided in hospital and additional costs, such as accommodation and communication bills. The report revealed that of the parents who ran up debts, 41 per cent took out loans of £1,000 or greater and 27 per cent borrowed in excess of £2,000.

Duncan Lewis’ welfare benefits solicitors can provide essential advice to parents of children suffering from cancer. The team can assess a family’s eligibility to a range of welfare benefits.

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