Scrap 6 Months - Jack and Rose's Story
10 people die every day, while waiting for a decision on their benefit claim.
‘Jack and Rose’s Story’ illustrates why our Scrap 6 Months campaign is so important for people with terminal illnesses like motor neurone disease (MND) and their families.
MND is a rapidly progressing disease. People are left unable to move, talk, eat and eventually breath. It is a complex condition and it is almost impossible to give a precise life expectancy. But we know that a third of people die within a year of diagnosis and half within two years.
Many people living with MND, are unable to access the Special Rules for Terminal Illness (SRTI) fast track process to access the disability benefits they need quickly and easily. Instead, they are forced to fill in long forms, attend face to face interviews and even go into job centres to discuss work aspirations. This is completely unacceptable and needs to stop. Currently only those with a life expectancy of 6 months or less can access the SRTI process. The MND Association has joined forces with Marie Curie calling on the Government to scrap the ‘six months’ restriction so that everyone with a terminal illness can access benefits quickly, without the need for a long and stressful assessment process.
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