Hospices care for people at the most vulnerable time in their lives - providing dignity, comfort and compassion for people who are dying. Yet the cost of living crisis is placing hospice services under severe threat - and right now, they need more help from the government than they are getting.
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Hospices are under enormous pressure. From soaring energy costs, to making sure their brilliant staff are fairly paid, hospices are facing additional costs of more than £100 million this year.
Without further government support, every penny of this will need to be fundraised, all at a time when local communities who donate to hospices are struggling themselves.
Under the government's new Energy Bills Discount Scheme, hospices can only access the same support as a pub, restaurant or shop, even though they provide essential healthcare to dying people. And unlike businesses, they can't pass on their costs to customers, and rely on communities to fundraise for their services.
With hospice energy bills skyrocketing by hundreds of thousands of pounds, the new scheme risks the future of hospices services at a time when their support for the health and care system is critical.