Influencing the UK Parliaments
Cancer Research UK is the world’s leading charity dedicated to beating cancer through research. We are the UK’s largest fundraising charity. Our groundbreaking research, funded entirely by the public, has saved millions of lives. Cancer survival rates have doubled over the past thirty years and our work has been at the heart of this progress. Ninety percent of the population lives no more than thirty miles from one of our research sites.
An independent voice
Cancer patients, researchers and healthcare professionals are on the front line of the NHS. They are the experts and it's important that Parliamentarians and policy-makers hear their views.
Sometimes we work in partnership with other health or cancer organisations, when we feel that a joint approach is more likely to be effective.
How do we work?
We take every opportunity to meet with Ministers, politicians and civil servants and tell them what we think about important issues and how legislation could be changed for the better.
Our researchers and doctors provide expert evidence to Select Committees, All Party Groups and public inquiries. They also help us frame responses to the Department of Health, NICE and other public consultations.
Our Public Affairs team write detailed briefings for parliamentarians for debates and raise the profile of cancer issues at the political party conferences and other events.
Do you get any government funding?
The vast majority of our research is funded thanks to the generosity of the general public. Nearly all the £355 million we spend on cancer research every year is raised through legacies, donations from individuals, fundraising events, corporate partnerships and our retail chain. Amazingly, over a million people now give regularly to Cancer Research UK.
From time to time, we do receive a small amount of government funding, ring-fenced for specific projects. For example, in 2003 the Dept of Health gave us two and a half million pounds to develop anti-tobacco campaigns.
Question about cancer? Contact our information nurse team