Kerry McCarthy Labour MP for Bristol East
No-one with a terminal illness should have to face financial hardship or distress because of delays or challenges when accessing benefits. The current rule, which stipulates that you must have six months or less to live to get fast access to benefits, is outdated, demeaning and unfit for purpose.
That’s why I am joining Motor Neuron Disease Association Patron Jeremy Vine, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Terminal Illness, and the charity Marie Curie in calling for the six-month rule to be scrapped and replaced with a fairer system.
You can help change the law by signing the ‘scrap6months’ campaign petition on the link below, which will be handed into the new Prime Minister at No.10 Downing Street in early August.