The Caxton Foundation (Caxton) is a registered charity that was set up in 2011 by the British Government to provide financial and other assistance to individuals who have been infected with the Hepatitis C virus as a consequence of receiving NHS treatment using contaminated blood, blood products or tissue. Caxton is funded solely by the Department of Health but as a charity is run by a board independent of the Department.
Caxton provides a broad range of support to its beneficiaries, including through grants, winter fuel payments, and financial support whilst people undergo treatment for Hepatitis C, as well as by enabling people to access specialist benefits and debt/money management advice, and counselling.
To be eligible for support from the Caxton Foundation, you, or a close relative who has died, must have received a stage 1 payment from the Skipton Fund. If you believe you may be eligible for assistance from Caxton you can register with us here.
Department of Health Consultation - Infected blood: reform of financial and other support
On 21 January 2016, the Under Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison MP, announced the launch of a consultation on reform of the existing financial and other support to those infected with HIV and Hepatitis C as a result of contaminated blood. You can read and download a copy of the document from the Department of Health website here.
On 29 January 2016 we wrote to all Caxton beneficiaries summarising the proposals in the consultation, and outlining our understanding of how the proposed changes will affect the financial and other support Caxton beneficiaries receive if the proposals go ahead. You can read and download a copy of the letter here and a copy of the summary here.
The consultation on the proposed changes closes on 15 April 2016. We would encourage all beneficiaries to respond to the document, whether you support the proposals or oppose them, so that the Government hears from as many people as possible.