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lyndylou63
lyndylou63 Community member Posts: 30 Connected
edited March 2018 in Work and employment
hi . I have been off sick since august 2017 and have no intention of returning to work due to a deterioration of my condition. If I leave my job because of this will I still be able to claim ESA

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  • exdvr
    exdvr Community member Posts: 331 Pioneering
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    Hi @lyndylou63......I'm not an employment adviser but have been in a similar situation to yours.  Whatever you are considering right now the one thing you must not do is to make yourself unemployed.  That course of action could and probably would backfire on you big style regarding any sort of benefits.  Leave it up to your employer to decide on your employment status.

    Best wishes.

    Best wishes.

    DLTBGYD

  • lyndylou63
    lyndylou63 Community member Posts: 30 Connected
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    Ok thanks for that. Does he need to get rid of me once SSP has finished?
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Community member Posts: 5,209 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2018
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    Your empolyer is under no obligation to terminate your employment. When your SSP runs out there is a form for him to fill out which should enable you to apply for ESA.  They should send you SSP1 4-5 weeks before the end


    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • lyndylou63
    lyndylou63 Community member Posts: 30 Connected
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    Ok I will ask him to send a ssp 1 form. Is that all I need to put a claim in?
  • CockneyRebel
    CockneyRebel Community member Posts: 5,209 Disability Gamechanger
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    You might need fit note from your GP but I am sure others can give better advice

    here is the link to ESA claim page

    https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

    CR

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • lyndylou63
    lyndylou63 Community member Posts: 30 Connected
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    Ok thanks for your help
  • Dean54
    Dean54 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Hi I was in the same sort of situation but I was sacked because of all the time I was off sick, (even though I had sick certificates) I've been on ESA for 5 years 
  • lyndylou63
    lyndylou63 Community member Posts: 30 Connected
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    I have been in touch with welfare rights and they have told me to get a ssp1 form from him. I am going sort out esa next week when I receive it back
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