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Mental ill health retirement

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Hugo51
Hugo51 Community member Posts: 53 Connected
edited October 2021 in Work and employment
I am 52 with 26 years service into local government pension, currently signed off work last 3 months with no sign of improvement, I am wondering if anyone has experience of early ill health retirement for mental health issues? 

Thanks Hugo 
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi and welcome to the community 

    I would say it is early days yet for ill health retirement to be considered 

    Each pension provider is different so look at your own for details 

    Majority will need to be satisfied that you can no longer work in any capacity 

    Your first call would be a refer to oh who will do assessment and make recommendations on future employment 
  • Hugo51
    Hugo51 Community member Posts: 53 Connected
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    @janer1967 thanks for input, I was absent for similar issue long term a few years ago and it’s recurred again.
    despite OH telling them reasonable adjustments that would help me  they haven’t been always following them and now in middle of a messy disability discrimination grievance which obviously isn’t helping my condition 
    I can’t see my employers attitude changing, At meetings with HR they agree and are ok then let things slide when I’m back in workplace 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi again 

    It would still be worth oh referral if your last assessment was a while ago as it can show this is now ongoing condition and could back up the claim for pension provider that it is likely that your condition is not likely to improve 

    That is the difficulty in getting ill health retirement in that they have to be satisfied you can no longer work and this is difficult to evidence with mental health issues 

    As suggested look at details of your pension and eligibility 

    I agree going through with disability discrimination won't be helpful and take each step at a time are you getting support with your grievance at all what stage has it got to 

    Acas website has great guidance if you haven't already looked 
  • Hugo51
    Hugo51 Community member Posts: 53 Connected
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    @janer1967 thanks for that, Grievance hasn’t started! I put it in July, they asked 3 weeks ago if I’m fit to do it ( never going to be easy time to do it ) and I said yes , still waiting…
    Getting good advice etc from Union 

    looking at my employers policy ill  health retirement is only looked at once been long term sick and OH advice received 
    So in reality I will just need to sit and wait and see what transpires 

    I last saw OH last year( after  a shorter term absence )  and their advice then was future absences couldn’t be ruled out due to ongoing issues at work 
    This has been proved correct 
    I know My health will never improve working there 
  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
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    Yes its normal for most that ill health retirement is as result of long term illness as I said in my original response it was probably too early to consider this 

    If you are getting support from the union that's good and get the grievance over and done with first 

    You could look into medical dismissal policy as well they may pay compensation for this as some companies do 

    Best I would suggest is go through the grievance and see what the outcome is then discuss your future options with the union 
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