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What will happen if I leave job

dpryordpryor Member Posts: 7 Listener
I am worried about finding work if I leave my current job... it is too stressful and makes me sad.

I live in a village and can't drive plus busses are only 2 hourly. I have always lived I  a town so travel has never been a  issue for me before I feel trapped.

How will my ADHD affect my prospects and will I be entitled to benefits while I look for work 


  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a benefit for people who are actively looking for work. However, this is what I have found online:
    You are likely to be penalised by the loss of Jobseekers Allowance for around three months if you left your last job voluntarily, unless you can show that you did so for “good reason”.

    Have you thought about looking for a new job while you continue in your current role?


  • pia_scopepia_scope Scope Support to Work service Posts: 41 Courageous
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    As it has been a while since you posted, I do not know if you are still in the same job.
    If you're not, then I hope that you have been able to make a claim for benefits without being penalised.
    If you're still in the same job, have you started to look for another more suitable role?

    For an employer, you are always more employable when you are in work, so that's the time to start to look for something else and by the sound of your circumstances, maybe a home based role would be a good option for you?

    Should you feel that you could benefit from further support and advise, then our Support to work service might be an option.
    You can read more about us here;

    Thank you for your query & I wish you all the best.

    Kind regards

    Scope Employment Advisor
    Phone: 0300 222 5742
    Email: [email protected]

  • Rebe22Rebe22 Member Posts: 1 Listener
     I am currently in work 36 hours per week and have been for 21 years, this month. I am now getting to the point where I would like to work less hours just cutting down to 28.75 hrs (4 days a week) for health reasons but can’t seem to find any information on working out what my revised earnings would be. Obviously I need to know what I would have to live on before I can make a decision. I have my salary as well Mobility Allowance. (PIP)
    My employee support can’t advise on financial matters and referred me to CAB. All they told me was that if I cut down to 16 hours a week I would be entitled to Housing Benefit. I am not wanting to reduce to 16 hours and not asking for more benefits I just want a reliable figure as to what my earnings would be.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,997

    Scope community team

    Hi @Rebe22 and welcome to the community. This would depend on what your hourly rate is. If you're happy to share that we can try and work out roughly what you might be earning on reduced hours.
    Senior Community Partner
  • GuyatScopeGuyatScope Scope Support to Work service Posts: 19 Courageous
    Hi @Rebe22
    You could use this salary calculator to work out what you get paid an hour currently and then use it to work out what you would get paid on the same hourly rate but for 4 days a week https://www.thesalarycalculator.co.uk/hourly.php
    Employment Team Manager
    Scope's Support To Work
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