What help can I get on benefits?

smegismith Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited March 2021 in Benefits and income
I have osteoarthritis in both hips and lower back it's getting to th point that I am not able to do my job cause of the pain I am in what help can I get on benifits


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,922 Championing
    Hi there 

    If you can no longer work you need to give off sick and claim ssp for 28 weeks and go through your employers medical dismissal process 

    Dont just give up your job as it could affect future benefit claims 

    Once ssp ends or 3 months before it ends you can claim new style esa if you have paid enough ni contributions 

    If non of this applies you can claim UC and report medical condition and supply fit notes.  You will then get a work capability assessment but till this is complete you will be asked to look for work 

    You also will have a WCA for esa

    This determines if you are fit for work or not 

    There are other benefits like housing element council tax reduction 
    Also have you looked at pip and if you meet the criteria 

    Lots to take in ask any questions and look through our benefits section 

    You can also use a benefits calculator 

  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,611 Championing
    edited March 2021
    Hello @smegismith

    Welcome to the community, glad you've joined us. 

    I have moved your discussion to our benefit entitlement category, you might wish to fill out a benefits calculator, to see what you might be able to claim.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,005 Championing
    edited March 2021
    Note that you can claim UC while only getting SSP (or if just in a low paid job). Whether or you will be entitled to anything depends on your household circumstances. Try using a benefit calculator. https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators