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Can I claim any benefits?

123helen Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi I have just been sacked due to illness I was only there for three weeks before being suspected gallstones... I am attending college also... Will I be able to claim any benifits with not being  able to work and will this be affected by going to college thank you 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,738 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    More information is needed to be able to help you further.

    Are you claiming DLA or PIP?
    Are you receiving any student loans?
    Are you a full time or part time student?
    Do you have any dependent children?
    Do you rent your home or live with parents?

    Sorry for all the questions but students and benefits are extremely complicated. This link may also help you further.

  • 123helen
    123helen Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi thanks for your response 
    No not claiming any yet as only happened yesterday 
    Have loan to pay for course 
    I'm 20hrs at college 
    I have no dependant children 
    I live with my husband was who  is working 

    I'm a mature student  of 55 I'm doing an access course the college have said they will help me with continuing learning even though I'm off quite a bit
    Thank you for any advice I so don't want to have to leave college
  • Tammyjane33
    Tammyjane33 Member Posts: 683 Pioneering
    @123helen I'm so sorry that this has happened. I lost my job due to ill health I know how difficult it can be. 
  • 123helen
    123helen Member Posts: 3 Listener
    I never been sacked before... Even though I was expecting it with not being there long its up setting seeing it in writing... Are you OK now x

  • Tammyjane33
    Tammyjane33 Member Posts: 683 Pioneering
    No I'm still struggling it's a lifelong illness and as it's rare I just have to manage the best way I can with pain meds x
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,738 Disability Gamechanger
    If you've worked and paid enough NI contributions in the tax years April 2016 - 2017 and April 2017 - 2018 and you're not fit to work then you maybe able to New style ESA, with a fit note from your GP. If you haven't paid enough NI contributions then you won't qualify for this benefit.

    The only other benefit you could claim is Universal Credit but as you're living with your partner then you'll need to claim this as a couple. Whether you'll be entitled to anything will depend on income/savings and capital. If you're claiming any maintenance loans for the college course then this will also be classed as income for UC purposes, as well as your partners income from working. Whether you'll be entitled to anything will totally depend on circumstances.

    Students and benefits are extremely complicated, therefore i'd advise you to speak to either an advice agency near you or your college may have some information for you regarding benefits.
  • Chloe_Scope
    Chloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,565 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @123helen and really sorry to hear this!
    How are you doing today?
    You might also benefit from ringing this helpline:

    Disability Rights UK run a free specialist helpline to advise and support disabled people aged over 16 in England, who are studying or wish to study full-time or part-time.

    Tel: 0800 328 5050 (Tues 11.30 – 13.30 and Thurs 13.30 – 15.30) Email: [email protected]



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