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Hi, my name is Smith258!
My Esa stopped when I got married last year, My husband is on a state pension & a small teachers pension of 6500.00 per year, we pay full rent of 600.00 & full Council tax which comes to over 800.00+ per month & after standard bills of gas, electric, water, t.v, we are left with less than 200.00 per month for food & insurances, we simply cannot cope. I was in the support group due to various illnesses. I have tried just claiming unemployment benefit, but they say I am not eligible. I am not really fit for work, I have tried everything...I can't seem to get advice from anywhere. I have COPD, Carpel Tunnel, Trigeminal Neuralgia a genetic back condition which causes chronic pain daily, also I have quite a large hernia that pops out numerous times daily & causes seering pain. My doctor says I am unfit for work, but I am not getting anywhere. I have worked for 30+ years in high paid jobs & paid a lot of money in income tax & NHI. I am at the point now where debts are mounting up, it's causing problems in the relationship & I am even considering leaving my husband as it's not fair on him I also suffer from depression...I just don't know what to do. If anyone has any advice. I would be most grateful. Having no money as small amount as it was at least we could manage, but now I despair. Because of covid every place I ring or whoever I try, I just keep hitting a dead end. Any advice would be most welcome. 8 am 58 & was made to pack up work aged 50 due to illness. My husband is 68