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Bring out your dead: this is the most extra help anybody can expect from the DWP review of benefits for the terminally-ill.

Charities including Marie Curie Cancer Care are calling on the Conservative government to pull its collective finger out and speed up a promised review of benefit support for people with terminal illnesses.

They haven’t got a hope.

Current benefit rules state that claimants can get their benefits fast-tracked if a doctor says they have less than six months to live, but campaigners argue this is too restrictive, and want benefits to be accessible as soon as a terminal illness diagnosis is made.

Then-Work and Pensions secretary Amber Rudd promised in July last year to review the policy in consultation with claimants and doctors.

But here’s the thing: the charities are making a fuss because of figures that show 10 people are dying every day in England, Scotland and Wales before receiving Personal Independence Payment.

The benefit may extend their lives, and would certainly afford them a modicum of comfort in their final days.

But look at it from the Tory point of view:

They would see 10 deaths a week – 2,000 reported in six months – as an enormous benefit saving.

It saves the government anything up to £7,740,000.

And after all, these people are going to die anyway – right? Better to speed them on their way, rather than drag out the agony.

That is the Conservative ideology: save the money (and give it to the rich) rather than use it to provide even a modicum of comfort and solace to the sick who are also poor.

My prediction: this review will take years – and then it will offer no significant changes.

Source: Ministers urged to speed up review of benefits for terminally ill | Politics | The Guardian

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