Sue Ryder supports people through the most difficult times of their lives. For over 65 years our doctors, nurses and carers have given people the compassionate and expert care they need to help them live the best life they possibly can. We take the time to understand what’s important to people and give them choice and control over their care. We see a future where our palliative and neurological care reaches more communities; where we can help more people begin to cope with bereavement; and where everyone can access the quality care they deserve.
Across the UK we have six hospices and associated community palliative care services, one standalone community palliative care service and four specialist neurological centres. We also provide bereavement support via our Online Bereavement Community and Online Bereavement Counselling, in addition to that provided by our family support teams in our hospices.
Sue Ryder welcomes the proposed Remedial Order. We believe it meets the procedural conditions for making a RO and successfully addresses the legislative incompatibility with Article 14 ECHR identified in the Supreme Court case of McLaughlin and the High Court case of Jackson. If the changes proposed in the RO are made, the legislation governing Widowed Parent’s Allowance and Bereavement Support Payment would be compatible with Article 14 ECHR.
Nonetheless, given bereavement following the death of a partner is often extremely stressful, upsetting and can lead to physical and mental health issues, ways to improve the existing Bereavement Support Payment to minimise stress and financial hardship ought to be found. For instance, arbitrary time limits for applying for the payment and receiving the payment should be extended or be made more flexible.
In Sue Ryder’s view, the following changes still need to be addressed: