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What financial assistance am i entitled to?

SethLaaSethLaa Member Posts: 115 Courageous

Hello all,my first but probably not my last post haha,hopefully i can make this post as short as possible. It appears that although i am still employed i am soon to be medically retired on the grounds that i simply cannot work anymore thanks to my progressive disability (ms), my employer has actually barred me from returning to my normal place of work and have therefore had to claim ssp for the last 5 months ish.

I have had a look on such websites as ''turn2us'' but don't seem to be getting anywhere.

My current situation is thus:-

I own my home outright with no mortgage,

My fully employed 21 year old son lives with me,

I currently have savings circa £5500,

I currently receive hrm+mrc of dla but am aware of the transition to pip,

I receive a ''1 band'' reduction in my council tax due to my bathroom having to be adapted from bath to shower room (omg not cheap haha),

I have looked at various ''job'' websites but cannot find anything suitable as i am virtually unable to walk needing a mobility scooter (chuckle chariot) or crutches (chuckle chopsticks) for even the shortest  of distances.

Is anybody able to help me find out what financial assistance i may be entitled to.

Thank you so much for your time and patience

From sethlaa (actually it's russell)

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  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 211 Pioneering
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  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi SethLaa

    Thanks for your post.

    It's likely that you will be able to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) when your Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) comes to an end after 28 weeks of payment. Based on the information you've given it's likely to be £125.05 per week in the long run, in addition to your Disability Living Allowance. For the first 13 weeks of your claim it is likely to be only £88.85 per week.

    If there is a chance you won't be moving into alternative work at the end of your SSP period then i suggest you make an advance claim to ESA soon (see the government website here for how to do this). That way you won't have a gap in entitlement. If they ask you whether you want to claim just contributory ESA or both contributory and income related ESA - say both!

    Once you have claimed ESA you will be able to either move back into full time work or perhaps permitted work. This is a good option for people on ESA as the earnings do not affect your benefit. You must be careful to work within the permitted work limits though and you can find out more about this here on the disability rights UK website. From April there will be no limit to the length of time people can do permitted work.

    I hope that helps.

    David
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • SethLaaSethLaa Member Posts: 115 Courageous
    HI ALL THANKS FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE BUT ITS NO LONGER REQUIRED, I GOT A LETTER FROM MY EMPLOYER THIS MORNING TELLIN ME THAT I AM NOW MEDICALLY RETIRED SO I WILL FIND OUT VERY SOON WHAT SCRAPS I WILL GET FROM DWP, ONCE AGAIN MANY THANKS


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