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Briggs Praises Bank of Scotland’s Dedicated Cancer Support Team

News release from Miles Briggs MSP:

Briggs Praises Bank of Scotland’s Dedicated Cancer Support Team

The Bank of Scotland has created a dedicated Cancer Support Team, in association with MacMillan Cancer Support. The team has been designed to help customers who are diagnosed with cancer with their finances. Being diagnosed with cancer can have a financial impact, such as on your monthly income, if you are not able to work, costs of travelling to hospital, and day to day costs. It is estimated that four out of five people are £570 worse off on average each month as a result of a cancer diagnosis. The Cancer Support Team is able to help diagnosed customers financially with mortgage payment holidays and current account fees and charges. Some account can also have a “Control” function that helps manage spending and helps prevent unexpected charges for unplanned borrowing. There is also a confidential, free phone service for customers, to help deal with money worries and planning.  Miles has tabled a congratulatory motion on the subject this morning in Parliament.

Commenting today Miles said:

“I praise the Bank of Scotland for setting up a dedicated Cancer Support Team in association with MacMillan Cancer Support.

“The diagnosis of cancer can have an impact on every part of someone’s life and having a dedicated team to support customers with their finances  is a super idea.

“This is an excellent example of the Bank of Scotland putting their customers first.”

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  • Please find below a copy of the motion tabled by Miles today, 27th November 2017.


Motion Number: S5M-09209
Lodged By: Miles Briggs
Date Lodged: 27/11/2017

Title: Bank of Scotland’s Cancer Support Team

Motion Text:

That the Parliament welcomes Bank of Scotland’s partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support designed to help bank customers who are diagnosed with cancer; is aware that the bank has established a dedicated cancer support team to give customers practical help and support to manage their finances, which provides a free, confidential helpline and advice on how to lessen the financial impact of cancer; understands that research from Macmillan has shown that 83% of people with the condition are impacted financially as a direct result of their illness, with four-out-of-five £570 worse off on average each month; commends what it considers this highly positive and innovative association between the bank and Macmillan, and believes that it will be welcomed by people living with cancer, and their families, as they go through what can be difficult times.

Miles Briggs