On the 11th July 2019, Amber Rudd who at that time was the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions admitted that there needed to be a reform of the current process for those nearing the end of their lives, whose benefits are subject to special rules for terminal illness (SRTI), which have come under heavy criticism from charities. One of the newspaper articles which covered her statement was this one and she stated very clearly that she would carry out a review of the current arrangements and that irrespective of which Prime Minister would then be in power, that the results would be presented to her or him. So here we are six months later and Therese Coffey has taken over the W&P Secretary role and as we know Boris Johnson has taken over the role of Prime Minister. The one person who has retained his role throughout that six month period is Justin Tomlinson so it seems very reasonable to ask him what has happened in the last 26 weeks. The reason why six months is relevant is that currently the Government only agree to the full support if the person with terminal illness will not live for more than 6 months and of course this is nonsense as many people with terminal illness do not have such a precise indication from their health workers that will enable them to submit it to the Government. The other reason is that Marie Curie estimate that around 2,000 terminally ill people have died while waiting for the result of the review and so we need to get a very urgent response now.
The Marie Curie campaign which relates to this issue is to tweet your MP about benefits for dying people to ask them to support the #Scrap6months campaign to make it easier for dying people to get the benefits they need as a matter of great urgency. It seems reasonable to take the trouble to also tweet to Justin as he is the Minister of State for W&P although it is more than six months since he last referred to SRTI (it was last referred to by him on 10th June 2019). To be fair one Labour MP did mention SRTI in a comment on 2nd July and bizarrely he is also called Justin although Justin Madders, but clearly he cannot influence the review of this matter. No other MPs have mentioned SRTI in the last six months!