Cost of living


Ways we can support you through the cost-of-living pressures 

The rising cost of living is affecting us all. In response to this crisis, we have gathered practical support on offer to both patients and their families facing the cost of living pressures. Some of these options have been available for a while, and others have been introduced recently. If you need assistance or you're concerned about your financial wellbeing, please take a look at how we can help you.


Financial Support 

Donor Payment Breaks 

If you are in financial difficulty, we may be able to freeze your payments for three months or more.    

Your support has helped us make a difference to the lives of so many cancer patients, former patients, and families. Beatson Cancer Charity supports people affected by cancer, every step of the way.  

If you support us by direct debit and have come into difficulty, we can pause your payments – or offer you a payment holiday and you can get in touch when you feel ready to re-activate. What’s more, you can continue to support us by volunteering, taking part in challenges and more! 


Support for you 

Specialist Health & Work Service 

The Specialist Health & Work Service is here to support anyone with a diagnosis of cancer, caring for someone with cancer, or living with the after effects of cancer, in their work situation. We can provide help and guidance with issues including return to work planning, awareness of rights, communication with work, withdrawal from work, seeking new employment and more. Our practitioners offer ongoing 1-to 1 as well as group workshop support. Our team also consists of trainee cognitive behavioural therapists and a counselling psychologist, and we can explore if these support options are right for you. 

Find out more


Financial wellbeing 

NHGGC Home Energy Crisis Response Service 

Financial guides at McMillian- For practical help from helping you make a budget to reviewing your mortgage if you are struggling with repayments. They also offer long-term financial planning.
Financial Guidance | Contact us - Macmillan Cancer Support

Maggies Benefit Advisors- For advice to understand what benefits are available to you and help with application forms.
Money, benefits and cancer | Maggie's (

Citizens Advice Scotland- Help with general advice and support with benefits and what is available.
Citizens Advice Scotland (

Social Security Scotland-Outreach services called “Local Delivery” in some areas offering home visits and video appointments.
Local-Delivery-service-factsheet-March-2022.pdf (  

Scottish Government- 

Help during Cost of Living campaign
Scottish Welfare Fund - Scottish Welfare Fund - Citizens Advice Scotland
SchoolClothing-Help with school clothing costs -

MacMillan Cancer Support- 
Patient Grants
Macmillan financial grants - Macmillan Cancer Support

Grants Database
Search for charitable and educational grants - Turn2us 

Money matters-
Money advice centre
Home » Money Matters (
They also offer an advice line: Advice Line: 0141 445 5221 

Advice Direct Scotland-
Scotland’s largest digital advice agency providing free and independent advice on money & debt, benefits advice (income maximisation), consumer rights and energy issues.
Who We Are – Advice Direct Scotland