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ESA and job termination - what happens next?

angyangy Member Posts: 5 Listener
I am on esa work related benefit
My contract at my employment has been terminated due to my illness and i wouldnt be save in any other role as i have epilepsy and it is unpredictable when i take a seizure what happens next

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  • angyangy Member Posts: 5 Listener
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @angy
    Im sorry to hear your experience, I hope someone will be along soon who can help you with your enquiry
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • angyangy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thankyou i am not sure what to do or if my benefit will be taken from me i havent worked in 15 months due to my epilepsy being erratic and as i was working in a kitchen its was very unsafe plus i am also waiting on getting my brain surgery to control my seizures just stuck as this is first tim i have had to claim i also got awarded pip to 
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    It can be a very stressful and overwhelming time, we do have a benefits calculator here that might help and you can always call the Scope helpline on 0808 800 3333 to speak to someone, good luck!
    Scope
    Senior online community officer
  • angyangy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I have done turn to us i am just unsure if my esa will get taken off me due to being terminate and not sure what other benefits i would be entilted to if any
  • angyangy Member Posts: 5 Listener
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Your contract ending won't affect your ESA claim because you're already claiming ESA in the WRAG.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi @angy as poppy says, ESA is not a form of sick pay for employees, it's more like the equivalent of Jobseekers Allowance for those who are not fit to look for work. 
    Your employment ending therefore has no bearing on your claim for ESA.
    Perhaps also consider a claim for PIP. Benefits and Work website have a 'self test' where you can check if you might qualify. http://www.mybenefitsandwork.co.uk/pip/indexxx.php
    Good luck and kind regards, 
    Mary 
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