Where a laryngectomee is forced to give up paid employment as a result of disabling effects of surgical and radiotherapy treatment for throat cancer, their partner will often need to take early retirement too to undertake a caring role.
Not only will they face difficulties in convincing the Benefits Agency that loss of speech is a disability, with potential failure to access Invalid Care Allowance, but will, if the amendments placed before parliament come into being, both face long term reduced pensions as a result of early retirement.
To be aware whilst caring that, were the person they care for to die, they would no longer are eligible for a widow/ widower's pension - for which their partner had made contributions - will place an unacceptable burden on the family.
North East Laryngectomees Association
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