Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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JackiemacJackiemac Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi new to all this ....my husband has been on statuatory sick pay since mid Feb...should he be applying for esa now as his sick note does not run out till October. I'm sure he won't be fit to go back then either. Thanks for any advice in advanced 😀

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  • JackiemacJackiemac Member Posts: 4 Listener
    hi guys...new to all this my husband has been on ssp since mid February. His latest sick note is till the end of October which I'm sure he won't be fit for work. His ssp will be running out soon should we be putting a claim in for esa now?? Not sure what to do all help gratefully received 😊
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    New style ESA can be claimed 3 months before the SSP ends but he won't receive any payments until SSP has ended. I Claiming New style ESA will depend on NI Contributions in the tax years April 2016 to March 2018. Fit notes will be needed from his GP and also his SSP1 form from his employer.
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  • JackiemacJackiemac Member Posts: 4 Listener
    That you Poppy....so do we need to wait till his sick pay runs out and will his employer send the form through....he was working 40 hours plus between those dates 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No, he doesn't have to wait to start the claim. This can be started 3 months before the SSP ends but he won't receive payment until the SSP ends. His employer will send him the SSP1 form. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/new-style-employment-and-support-allowance-detailed-guide


    New style ESA is £73.10 per week and is paid for 365 days unless placed into the support group and then it's paid for as long as he remains in that group.


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  • Joanne_ScopeJoanne_Scope Scope helpline, Scope adviser Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Hi @Jackiemac.
    Is your husband likely to have long term health problems that will affect his daily life? If so, he might want to look at claiming Personal Independence Payment. There is some useful information about this, and the rules for claiming, on the Scope website. It is possible to claim PIP and carry on working.
    @poppy123456 is right that the employer should send out the SSP1 form when SSP ends. I would just add that in my experience it is not unusual for employers to forget to do this. A gentle reminder never hurts when it gets towards the end of the 28 weeks. 
    Joanne 
    Scope
  • JackiemacJackiemac Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Joanne...he has applied for pip but got 0 points...we have appealed.  He has type 1 diabetes with the complications it brings in later years...ckd. .fibromyalgia...but the worst thing is nerve pain and fatigue . The pip assessor didn't mention this in short report we got back. Thanks for your reply 😊
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