The Family Support Service at The Shakespeare Hospice can provide information and help with practical and financial concerns.
When you or someone close to you is diagnosed with a life limiting illness, this can have a serious effect on your finances. You may be earning less because you can’t work or are working fewer hours. You might also have unexpected expenses, e.g. medical costs, adaptations to your home or heating costs.
There are a number of organisations who can provide one off payments and financial support to people who need some extra help. For further details and signposting please contact the hospice on 01789 266852.
Other Useful Contacts:
Benefit Enquiry Line
Provides general benefit advice for people with disabilities and their carers
0800 882200 (txtphone 0800 243355)
HM Revenue and Customs
Gives advice about tax related matters or how to claim tax credits.
Tax Credits Helpline: 0845 300 3900
Txtphone: 0845 300 3909
Working Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit enquiry Line
Phone: 0845 300 3900
Txtphone 0845 3003909
Citizens Advice Bureau
Provides free independent, confidential advice on topics such as benefits, debt and employmentThere is no longer one national number. Please see your phone book for details of your nearest Citizens Advice Bureau or visit:
Independent Advocacy - Stratford Project
Provides free independent, confidential support where you can talk about everyday decisions or matters that are worrying you. An Advocate can help you complete forms, attend meetings with you and speak on your behalf if you need:
Phone: 024 7669 7443 Ext. 228
Age UK Helpline: 0800 009966
Macmillan Cancer Support
For information on financial help and benefits you may be entitled to.
Helpline: 01926 457912
Is a national network of disability information and advice services. They offer help with benefits, mobility, equipment and many other disability related matters.
Phone: 01302 310 123
Provide information on matters such as carers allowance, help with fuel costs, council tax for example.
Advice line: 0808 808 7777