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DWP urged to give early access to State Pension payments for dying people of working age

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An open letter to the UK Government has gathered huge support with its call to give dying people of working age early access to their State Pension.

Over 21,000 people have joined the end-of-life charity, Marie Curie, in writing to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Mel Stride, highlighting that terminally ill people are experiencing financial hardship due to their terminal diagnosis.

Famous faces among the 21,645 signatories include actor Josh Whitehouse, activist and journalist Catherine Mayer, broadcaster Janet Ellis, classical singer Camilla Kerslake and her husband, former English rugby union player Chris Robshaw.

In December, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) said it has no plans to allow people diagnosed with a terminal illness to access their State Pension prior to retirement age, even if they have accrued sufficient National Insurance Contributions.

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