Influencing public policy
We work with politicians and policy-makers to make sure that cancer stays at the top of the health agenda. We make sure the views of patients, researchers and health professionals are heard at all levels of government.
Informing the political debate
Our scientists and researchers advise the national parliaments in Westminster, Scotland and Wales on health and scientific policy and charity regulation. We also work in Europe. Our experts provide evidence to select committees, all-party groups and public inquiries and help us respond to Department of Health, National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) and other public consultations.
We take every opportunity to meet ministers, politicians and civil servants and tell them what we think.
To help politicians debate cancer issues in parliament, our Public Affairs team write detailed briefings. They also raise the profile of cancer issues at the political party conferences and other events.
Campaigning for change
We campaign on cancer issues that are important to patients, our researchers, volunteers and supporters.
For example, we were heavily involved in pushing for all workplaces and enclosed public places in the UK to go smokefree, to protect non-smokers and encourage smokers to quit. We worked with other health organisations and encouraged many thousands of supporters to contact their MP and make their voice heard.
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