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I have resigned from my job due to medical reasons, claiming esa before employment ends?

Hi. I have resigned from my job due to medical reasons and safety. My termination ends on 31st july. I applied for esa on the 3rd July and received the first payment today. 

Can I claim contribution esa whilst still employed even though my employment ends on 31st july? 

Will I need to pay this back if not?

Thanks

Seb

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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,337 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community, great to have you here.

    I know you can apply 3 months before your SSP is due to end if you are employed but that payment isnt paid until SSP ends.

    But I am not sure if you are still working ? I will tag in someone who may help @Adrian_Scope

    I am also surprised you have resigned as this can affect eligibility to claim some benefits but I am sure you looked into this before doing so
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    When you say your employement ends on 31st July, i'm assuming you're not working your notice, is that correct?
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  • WattsyWattsy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks for your responses. I am not working due to medical reasons and have been on furlough since April. My furlough ends on the 24th July. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Do DWP know you're receiving furlough payments? May i ask how much per week you're receiving?
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  • WattsyWattsy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    I rang The ESA phone line 3 days after I made the claim as I wanted to put the date from when money is back dated from the 3rd August after my contract ends instead of 3rd july when the claim was made. They said they would email the benefit team. I was surprised to see the money in my account today. It says £74.35 per week. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2020
    When i asked how much per week, i meant furlough and not ESA. You will need to ring DWP and speak to them. Difficult to give any advice without more information.
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  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

    Scope community team

    Thanks for helping here @poppy123456. :)

    @Wattsy, do you know how much you'll be receiving from furlough pay? As this will determined whether you should be receiving ESA too.
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  • WattsyWattsy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    It'll be 80% of my wages so will probably be around £1430. It could be less. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    This means that you shouldn't be receiving any ESA while you're receiving furlough because it exceeds the permitted work rules. You will need to ring DWP and tell them you're currently receiving furlough. The ESA money you've already received will be an overpayment.
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  • WattsyWattsy Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thanks for all the information everyone. I rang dwp and I am entitled to esa. All resolved. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for the update, although i'm still very confused how you can be furloughed and receive more than £1400 per month and ESA on top.
    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.
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