‘Who Benefits?’ were the hosts of an awareness raising event at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster this week where the focus was very much on trying to draw attention to the aftermath of what cancer survivors are often left to face with regards to their career prospects after they recover from the potentially fatal disease.
The coalition campaign aims to give a voice to the millions of people who have been supported by benefits and to change the way we think and talk about benefits. It is backed by Crisis, The Children’s Society, Gingerbread, Macmillan Cancer Support and Mind, and supported by 70 other charities
Ian Paisley MP, who attended the event commented “A concern of mine is that the public perception of people who win their battle with cancer are, with good justification, real winners within society. However events like this help to highlight the point that physically beating the disease is in many cases only half the battle. I have met various different cancer survivors today who have explained to me how they are now having to claim benefits and how the stigma that is attached to claiming benefits makes it a bitter pill to swallow for honest members of society who are left with no choice but to do so. Many of the people here today were employed in managerial positions, or running their own businesses prior to their cancer diagnosis. I will look to convey the stories and messages I have heard at the event to the Health Minister for Northern Ireland at the nearest opportunity and offer my support in every way I can to this very worthy cause.”