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4m unclaimed by Devon and Cornwall cancer patients

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Cancer patients in Devon and Cornwall are losing out on nearly £4m of unclaimed benefits, a cancer charity has revealed.

Macmillan Cancer Support, which carried out the study, has launched a new website to help people find out what entitlements they can claim.

In Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly nearly £1.3m of disability benefits has not been claimed.

In Devon, Macmillan said the figure is about £2.5m.

Across the greater South West nearly £11m of benefits are unclaimed.

Macmillan said about 48% of terminally-ill cancer patients in the region are dying without receiving either Disability Living Allowance or Attendance because they do not know what the system provides.

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