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If I needed to stop working, would I have to go through the ESA process again?

ash5896
ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
I’ve recently been offered a job which takes me over the permitted work threshold. I really do want to do something and it’s working form home too with all the adjustments I need. The only thing I’m worried about is what if I’m unable to do it and need to go stop. I’m currently on contribution based ESA and I’m the support group. Would I have to go back through all the process again? Any advice greatly appreciated 
Ash 
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  • Ami2301
    Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,946 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @ash5896 hopefully a member will be along soon to help advise you :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,357 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 17
    There is a 12 week linking rule. This means that if you had to claim again within 12 weeks you should go straight back into the Support Group. More than 12 weeks and you would have to start over.

    See https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/661846/admv6.pdf
    paragraph V6014, and
    https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/928619/admu1.pdf
    Paragraph U1111.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • ash5896
    ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
    Thanks for that calcotti 
    Ash 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,428

    Scope community team

    Hello @ash5896

    Hope you're well.

    Great to hear about the potential job, sounds exciting! Can I ask, with all of the adjustments in place is the job something that you are confident in doing?
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  • ash5896
    ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
    Hi Ross 

    im good thanks.
    the job will be working from home which is optional and I think would be more beneficial for myself especially with my disabilities. I’ve gone through all the process and just waiting to see someone from occupational health for adjustments etc. I’m just scared as I’ve not worked now since 2011. I became disabled in 2006 but Carried on working part time but in the end just couldn’t do it with all the pain and everything else that goes with it. 
    Im just worried in case I can’t do it again and then end up back on ESA. 
    Ash 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,428

    Scope community team

    It's normal to be nervous @ash5896, but it seems to be as though you've found a supportive employer who are ensuring you have all the adjustments in place that you might need. I have no doubt that you're capable of thriving in the new role. 

    It's best to be honest about what you might need, and to have a productive discussion to help your employer understand the challenges you face.

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  • ash5896
    ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
    Absolutely Ross, I’ve told them everything about my disabilities and medication. Medication worried me a little as I do get drowsy sometimes as I’m on some really strong pain relief. 
    I hope it works out but I will keep this post updated 
    Ash 
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,428

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    Yes, do keep us updated @ash5896
     :) 
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  • ash5896
    ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
    Well I am absolutely gutted. The job offer has been withdrawn as they are unable to make the necessary adjustments. The wording is along the lines of as the role involves complex situations and it’s possible that the voice activated software may not be compatible with our systems. 
    I spend so much time looking for jobs and am absolutely fed up with this now. No one wants to employ me and then the likes of DWP make me jump through hoops. I really do feel down since the last couple of days and am just another statistic that ticks a box for this government and their targets 
    Ash 
  • ash5896
    ash5896 Member Posts: 141 Pioneering
    Honestly what is the point of spending so much time and effort only to be told your not suitable. I’m offered the job and as soon as they do an occupational health report it’s withdrawn. 
    I am absolutely gutted. What are you supposed to do? No matter how hard I try it’s always the same outcome and I’m just fed up with it now 
    Ash 
  • easy
    easy Member Posts: 163 Pioneering
    I am so sorry, try to stay positive, although it is very hard. Sending you my best wishes.

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