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Absence from work

lyndylou63lyndylou63 Member Posts: 30 Listener
edited March 2018 in Employment and careers
hi . I have been off sick since august 2017 and have no intention of returning to work due to a deterioration of my condition. If I leave my job because of this will I still be able to claim ESA

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  • exdvrexdvr Member Posts: 314 Pioneering

    Hi @lyndylou63......I'm not an employment adviser but have been in a similar situation to yours.  Whatever you are considering right now the one thing you must not do is to make yourself unemployed.  That course of action could and probably would backfire on you big style regarding any sort of benefits.  Leave it up to your employer to decide on your employment status.

    Best wishes.

    Best wishes.

    DLTBGYD

  • lyndylou63lyndylou63 Member Posts: 30 Listener
    Ok thanks for that. Does he need to get rid of me once SSP has finished?
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    edited March 2018
    Your empolyer is under no obligation to terminate your employment. When your SSP runs out there is a form for him to fill out which should enable you to apply for ESA.  They should send you SSP1 4-5 weeks before the end


    CR
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • lyndylou63lyndylou63 Member Posts: 30 Listener
    Ok I will ask him to send a ssp 1 form. Is that all I need to put a claim in?
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    You might need fit note from your GP but I am sure others can give better advice

    here is the link to ESA claim page

    https://www.gov.uk/employment-support-allowance

    CR

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • lyndylou63lyndylou63 Member Posts: 30 Listener
    Ok thanks for your help
  • Dean54Dean54 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Hi I was in the same sort of situation but I was sacked because of all the time I was off sick, (even though I had sick certificates) I've been on ESA for 5 years 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,297 Disability Gamechanger
    Long term sickness absence is ultimately a fair reason for dismissal so if you have no intention to return to work you need to be in control of the situation abd get both employment and benefits advice now. The former will always be better from a specialist solicitor or law centre. The latter from a service offering advice and representation like a law centre; independent advice centre or local authority welfare rights service.
  • lyndylou63lyndylou63 Member Posts: 30 Listener
    I have been in touch with welfare rights and they have told me to get a ssp1 form from him. I am going sort out esa next week when I receive it back
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