Cancer patients could be at risk of losing their homes if proposed government cuts to Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) go ahead, according to new research commissioned by Macmillan Cancer Support and carried out by Truth Consulting.
The survey of nearly 1,000 people living with cancer in Great Britain found that one in ten (10%) would be unable, or would struggle, to pay their rent or mortgage if they lost £30 a week.
This is the amount the Government proposes to cut from 2017 from those who are independently assessed as too ill to work, but may be capable of work at some time in the future.
The risk of being made homeless is drastically higher for those currently in receipt of ESA, of which the survey included 78 people. More than one in three (36%) say they would be unable or would struggle to pay their rent or mortgage…