Cancer woman in £58k payout

A WOMAN with cancer has been awarded £58,000 in compensation after seeking help from Macmillan welfare rights advisors at Barnsley Council.

Workers advised the woman of the existence of the mesothelioma compensation scheme, and helped her to claim £21,000 in benefits to which she was entitled.

Peter Francis, head of Welfare Rights Service, said: “When she first contacted us she was only receiving a £71 a week from employment support allowance.”

Councillor Alan Gardiner said: “The last thing someone going through treatment needs is the stress and worry of their finances. I would urge anyone living in Barnsley who is diagnosed with cancer to contact the welfare rights advisors and see what financial help is available to them.”