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Marie Curie petition

The NPC is supporting the Marie Curie petition - 'Nobody should die in poverty' - and we encourage you to sign it.

You can find the petition on

Further details about the Marie Curie petition are below


As the Secretary of State at the Department for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride MP can make changes that would prevent thousands of terminally ill people across the UK from dying in poverty.

This Government has promised to protect the most vulnerable people in society. But they're yet to make dying people a priority and so far, Mel Stride hasn't committed to meet with us.

Please will you add your name to this open letter, and urge him to act? Together we can help make sure that he knows how important this is.

The letter is below

Dear Mel Stride MP (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) Nobody should spend their final days worrying about money. But that’s the reality for the 90,000 people across the UK who die in poverty every year.

A terminal diagnosis can have an enormous financial impact on dying people and their loved ones. Hit with huge new expenses just as their income plummets, many terminally ill people have to go without essentials like heating, vital care, medical equipment, and decent food at the end of their lives – or risk not being able to pay their bills.

Nobody should have to face these impossible decisions when they’re dying. But the existing support available through your department is failing to protect people from falling into poverty after a terminal diagnosis. It doesn’t have to be this way. That’s why Marie Curie is calling for a new approach, and is asking your department to give terminally ill people:

  • Early access to their State Pension

  • Targeted help with energy bills

  • Support with childcare costs.

Please will you meet with Marie Curie to discuss these measures, which would make a huge difference to the hundreds of thousands of people in the UK who are dying in poverty?

Thank you.



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