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I can't work due to flare ups, what benefits can I get?

Tracy0191Tracy0191 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited February 2020 in Employment and careers
Hi recently had to give up Work due to my flare ups and am  struggling financially are there any benefits I would be able to claim I have 5 kids and my husband works part time 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2020
    HI and welcome,

    If you're unable to work because of a health condition and you've paid enough NI Contributions from working in the years April 2019 to March 2019 then New Style ESA maybe possible with a fit note from your GP and your SSP1 form from your employer. This pays £73.10 per week and is paid for 1 year unless you're placed into the support group and then it's paid for as long as you remain in that group.

    The only other benefit is universal Credit, which you will need to claim with your partner as a couple.  This is a means tested benefit and claiming this will depend on household income, savings and capital. If you're currently claiming tax credits and housing benefit then these will both end if you claim UC. Housing benefit will continue for 2 weeks and then transfer to UC along with any child elements that you're entitled to for dependent children.

    If you claim New style ESA as well as UC then your New style ESA will be deducted £1 for £1 from your UC monthly payments. I'd advise you to either put all of your details into a benefits calculator and it will tell you what you maybe entitled to, providing the details you put in are correct. If you're unable to do this then i'd advise a visit to a local advice agency near you.

    Hope this helps.

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 10,181 Disability Gamechanger
    hi @Tracy0191 Hello and welcome to the community, its great to welcome new members here. Can I just ask if you gave up work voluntarily or through medical reasons as this may affect the ebnefits you are able to claim. 
  • Tracy0191Tracy0191 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I am currently on the sick but myself and manager do not feel I am able to return even with amended duties 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 10,181 Disability Gamechanger
    Ok look at the advice poppy has given and give her more information and she will be able to advise 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Tracy0191 said:
    I am currently on the sick but myself and manager do not feel I am able to return even with amended duties 

    I'm assuming you're claiming SSP is that correct? If so then 3 months before this ends you'll be able to start a claim for New style ESA as advised in a previous comment. You won't receive any payments until the SSP has ended but at least the claim will be there waiting. Fit notes and your SSP1 form will be needed.

    For the UC then it will depend on your circumstances as previously advised.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Tracy0191, I hope the information provided has been helpful. Please do let us know how you get on and if there is anything else we can do to help. :)
    Scope

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