MP to hold special benefits surgery at Maggie’s Glasgow cancer support centre

A Glasgow MP is to hold a special surgery in one of the city’s foremost cancer support centres.

Carol Monaghan, MP for Glasgow North West, will be meeting with users of Maggie’s Glasgow to offer her assistance to those who may be experiencing benefits issues or are unsure of what they are entitled to.

The surgery, held with the centre’s own benefits advisors, will take place on Friday 27 July 2018 between 10am and 12pm.

Maggie’s Glasgow, at Gartnavel General Hospital, provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends, following the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Complementing the work of the nearby Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, Maggie’s Glasgow is a place to find practical advice about benefits and eating well, where qualified experts provide emotional support, a place to meet other people and where people can simply sit quietly with a cup of tea.

Commenting ahead of the surgery, Carol Monaghan MP said:

“I am greatly looking forward to holding this special benefits surgery on Friday 27 July.

“A cancer diagnosis is devastating and daunting for those affected and their families, and living with cancer can have a real financial impact, be it through loss of income or increased costs and travel.

“In amongst the myriad of political issues affecting those living with and surviving cancer, it is so important that they and their families are supported as much as they can be through the process of accessing additional support, to alleviate as much of this stress and worry as possible.

“I hope, alongside Maggie’s Glasgow’s own benefits advisors, that I can help the users of the centre to understand which benefits they are entitled to, and to assist during the application process and beyond.”