Benefits & grants

Financial support is available in the form of benefits and grants and there are a number of ways you can live on a reduced income and borrow money safely.

The costs that come with cancer can have far more of an impact on your finances than you may have anticipated.  Understanding the benefits system is not always easy, but it can help you cope during difficult times.


The Social Security Agency (SSA) is responsible for benefits in Northern Ireland. It has different offices that handle these benefits, including Social Security or Jobs and Benefits offices, the Disability and Carers Service, and the Pension Service.

For benefits information and support in Northern Ireland please visit or contact the Benefit Enquiry Line on 0800 220 674 (or textphone 0800 243 787 if you are deaf or hard of hearing).


Macmillan grants

You may be entitled to a Macmillan grant is a one-off payment for adults, young people or children with cancer, to cover a wide range of practical needs. This can include things such as heating bills, extra clothing, or a much needed break. Every week over 600 people receive a grant from Macmillan Cancer Support.

You need to apply through a health or social care professional, such as a social worker, district nurse, or a Macmillan nurse if you have one.

Download the Macmillan Grant Application

Additional grants

For more information on cancer charities offering grants to people with cancer and their families, please visit Cancer Research UK at