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Hi, my name is newlife! When my employment ends will I be entitled to benefits?

newlife Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi, my name is  Newlife - I have worked all my life (aged 56 female). I’m Brittle asthmatic, and have Arthritis in various body parts! I am on sick leave from my career and am no longer capable of continuing my current role- I have asked for retirement due to I’ll health. I am married and my husband works- when my employment ends will I be entitled to benefits- my pension will not be a lot as I have only paid into the scheme for 3 years. I thought my employers would support me but I have been left to try and work out how I will survive financially - I have recently been awarded PIP at the lower rate. Any words of wisdom would be great fully received! Thank you.


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

    You maybe entitled to new style esa if you have paid the correct amount of ni contributions and will need a fit note 

    Taking a pension could affect your entitlement to certain benefits that are means tested as would your husband income 

    New style esa isn't means tested 

    There are lots of benefits expert here who will give you more information 
  • newlife
    newlife Community member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thank you for your response- I’m in limbo not knowing what my employer will decide for me! So hard to imagine a future atm - we can’t survive on my husbands wage alone and I was the main income. It’s nice to find this place to ask questions and not be judged - if I could get better I would return to work but since covid in November I have been very unwell and have just spent a week in hospital. Thanks again - hope you have a nice evening x
  • Ross_Alumni
    Ross_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,650 Disability Gamechanger
    edited April 2022
    Hello @newlife

    Welcome to the community, I hope you're having a good weekend and it's lovely to see you join us. Sorry to hear that you've been ill with Covid in recent times, it sure can have a lasting impact.

    This is a very supportive place to be a part of, so please feel free to have a look around and if you have any questions then don't hesitate to ask them.

    I would recommend having a look through the various categories we have on the community, and in particular I'd suggest the virtual coffee lounge which is where we play games and talk about all sorts of other subjects :) 

    I can understand why you feel a bit unsure about things at the moment, I imagine you've been doing a lot of worrying about what might happen and it's a shame that you haven't been able to receive more support.

    I have moved your discussion over to our benefits and financial support category and edited the title. You might find it helpful to have a look through some of our benefit related categories, as well as our work and employment category, to find any related discussions to get involved with.
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  • SueHeath
    SueHeath Community member Posts: 12,420 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @newlife i'm loving the tag name 
    Welcome to our great group, a few of us pop in and out of the site during the day.
    You will get plenty of advise for most things of people on the forum.
    Plenty going on, when you ready have a good look around.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,168 Disability Gamechanger
    Are you still claiming SSP from your employer? If so then 3 months before this ends you can apply for New style ESA and you'll need a fit note from your GP and your SSP1 form. You can't be paid anything until the SSP ends.
    Universal Credit may also be possible but because it's means tested you'll need to claim with your partner and your joint circumstances will be taken into consideration. You can use a benefits calculator to check entitlement. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator/Intro/Home?cid=03ac2557-48bc-469d-94b6-fe7e0727de5a If you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 you'll be excluded from claiming.
    If you claim both of these together the ESA will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement.
    There's also Personal Independence Payment (PIP) which isn't means tested. Whether you're entitled will totally depend on exactly how your conditions affect you against the PIP descriptors. You can see them here. https://pipinfo.net/

    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
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