Press Release

Assembly Committee Visits Macmillan Cancer Support Centre

Session: 2009/2010

Date: Thursday, 17 June 2010

Reference: SD 16/09/10

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Social Development today visited the Macmillan Cancer Support Information Centre in Belfast.

The Centre provides information and help for people affected by cancer. In particular, Macmillan Cancer Support, working with advisers from the Citizens Advice Bureau, provide cancer patients and their families with financial, employment and benefits information.

Committee Chairperson, Simon Hamilton MLA said: “Everyone knows that cancer is a serious and debilitating condition. However few people are aware of the financial consequences of this disease for patients and their families. For example, the Committee was shocked to learn of the high levels of fuel poverty experienced by recovering cancer patients.

“The Committee is very happy to endorse the work of Macmillan Cancer Support and the Citizens Advice Bureau through the Information Centre to ensure that those affected by cancer get the benefits that they are entitled to. The Committee is also glad to give its support to the campaign to extend Winter Fuel Payments to seriously ill cancer patients throughout the UK.”

Notes to Editors:

Picture: The Northern Ireland Assembly's Committee for Social Development today visited Macmillan's Advice Centre in Belfast. 
Pictured (l-r) are David Hilditch MLA, Heather Monteverde, General Manager (NI) of Macmillan Cancer Unit, Mr Billy Armstrong MLA, Mr Simon Hamilton MLA Chair of the Northern Ireland Assembly's Social Development Committee, Mickey Brady MLA and Jonathan Craig MLA.

The Committee for Social Development membership is: 
Mr. Simon Hamilton MLA (Chairperson) 
Ms. Carál Ní Chuilín MLA (Deputy Chairperson) 
Mr. Billy Armstrong MLA 
Mrs. Mary Bradley MLA 
Mr. Mickey Brady MLA 
Mr. Jonathan Craig MLA 
Mr. Alex Easton MLA 
Mr. Tommy Gallagher MLA 
Mr. David Hilditch MLA 
Ms. Anna Lo MLA 
Mr. Fra McCann MLA

The Clerk of the Social Development Committee is: 
Peter McCallion 
Northern Ireland Assembly 
Phone: 028 90 521864 
Mobile : 07825141294 

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