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No longer able to work - ESA

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 3:24 pm
by Swindoniangirl
i am in the process of giving up work as it is very stressful which means that i am constantly in a flare. After recently being admitted to hospital i was told when i returned to work i was told i was on a sickness management plan due to the amount of time i have been off sick. After talking to my doctor about the amount of stress that this was causing me alongside the already stressful working situation he suggested that i think about whether or not i should continue. Following further discussions with my employer i have come to the difficult decision to give up work at Christmas.

My question is will i be able to claim ESA? i am luck enought to already receive Pip but dont think i can manage to live on that alone.

i would appreciate any help.

Re: No longer able to work - ESA

PostPosted: Sun Nov 02, 2014 5:35 pm
by Lizee
Hi swindoniangirl,

I'm in the same position as you decision wise. I have 2 small children and currently work in a call centre environment from home. I find that by the time I've been up since 5 looking after my youngest child who isn't yet school age I'm in too much pain and am too exhausted to work. My husband works but we still need another income. I have, after speaking to my dr and reading about ESA on the.gov website decided that I really need to consider leaving work, for the sake of my family. I've applied for pip and I'm waiting on a decision maker to decide what, if any benefit I'm entitled too. I have also read about ESA. It seems to be offered to anyone who is unfit to work, the only stipulation being you need a sick note from your go to get it started. You are then subject to the same assessment process as with pip except you get a basic rate payment whilst you wait. I hope this helps. I found the info by googling ESA and clicking the link for the direct.gov website.

Hope this helps you

Lizee
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Re: No longer able to work - ESA

PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2014 2:44 am
by zappa20