MP campaigns to change benefits law for terminally ill

Susan Elan Jones MP has met with local Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) representative Vincent Ryan to discuss the charity’s #Scrap6Months campaign.

The campaign aims to change the law so people living with a life-limiting illnesses like MND are able to access benefits faster.

Under current rules, people with terminal illnesses who apply for benefits face a lengthy and often stressful process unless a doctor can confirm there is a ‘reasonable expectation of death within six months’.

Following the meeting Vincent Ryan said: “Susan’s support, and that of her North East Wales MP colleagues, is really valuable in pressing the government to give compassionate and humane care for the needs of people living with MND. Their needs are urgent. We must do what we can to improve their quality of life and that of their families. The current benefit system doesn’t always do that and needs to be improved.”

Susan Elan Jones MP said: “This is a very real concern for people with conditions like Motor Neurone Disease and their families. I’m determined to do what I can and I give my total support to the #Scrap6Months campaign. The six month rule is appalling, the UK Government must reform how our country supports people with life-limiting conditions.”

For more information about #Scrap6Months and other MNDA campaigns go to:

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