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I'm in the New Style ESA Support group a DWP have sent me a strange letter asking about my employer.

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OpalRose55
OpalRose55 Community member Posts: 2 Listener

Hi Everyone, I'm new here and would really appreciate any help or advice about a letter I've just received from the DWP telling me I must answer three questions which I must return to them by July 1st. I have recently been put into the New Style ESA support group. I have been on long term sickness, 10 months and my employers occupational half sick pay(£156 per week) will soon end in August. I will not be able to return as my illness/disability has not improved. The questions they have asked me are:

  1. Has your Employer been in touch with you to discuss reasonable adjustments to return to work or medical retirement?
  2. What are the monies you are receiving from your employer for?
  3. Have you anything else to disclose?

I'm now feeling worried that I've done something wrong? Also my employer has had no contact with me to discuss anything anyway and I don't know what to do, do I tell them I'm resigning or do I let them terminate my employment and will this affect my ESA support group benefit? I'm just so tired of it all now and just don't want to be worrying about all of this anymore.

Really want to thank anyone out there for taking the time to reply to this post.

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,110 Disability Gamechanger
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    1/ Ive never known them ask that before.

    2/ just tell them it’s half pay. Providing it doesn’t include SSP then it doesn’t affect your ESA anyway.

    3/ They could be asking about other income such as a pension, which you should have told them about. Pensions of up to £85/week are ignored but you still need to tell them. For every £1 over that amount your ESA is reduced by 50p/week. If you have no pensions then just tell them you have nothing else to disclose.

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 5,638 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi there @OpalRose55 and welcome to the community.

    I'm afraid I have no additional pearls of wisdom here, but I just wanted to pop in and say hi and I hope you can get this sorted asap. 😊

    Albus (he/him)

    Online Community Coordinator @ Scope

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  • OpalRose55
    OpalRose55 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Hi Thank you for the Welcome, I feel a bit calmer not feeling all alone with this. I've posted off the DWP letter, answering their questions;

    1.My employer has not contacted me to discuss anything.

    2.The monies I'm receiving from my employer is half Sick Pay. Which ends in Aug after that I will receive nothing.

    3. My illness and disability have not improved, I have nothing else to disclose.

    Now I will have to wait and see what happens. So fed up with all this its been a long journey. Thanks again for talking to me.

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