The Essex Macmillan Welfare Benefits Service is hosted by Colchester Borough Council, and covers residents in North, Mid and South Essex.
We provide a free, confidential and impartial specialist Welfare Rights Service to people affected by cancer at key pathway points – diagnosis and staging; treatment; palliative care and end of life. This includes patients, their carers and families, with those recently bereaved also able to access the service.
The team can identify eligibility for benefits, assist with completing forms and provide support to challenge unfavourable benefit decisions. Our aim is to strive to ensure that people affected by cancer receive the support and help needed to maximise their income.
Referrals can be made either by online form, telephone or email directly by the patient or on the patient’s behalf by a friend, relative, representative or a professional.
If you live in the following local authority areas you can access our services:
For residents living outside of these areas, please contact Macmillan Cancer Support by phoning 0808 808 0000, or via the website https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
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