It is definitely worth applying for ESA. There are 2 types one income related and the other based on your national insurance contributions. It was easy to apply for and I am surprised your Mac advisor never told you about it. I get the contributory one and have been put in the group that cannot work because of treatments. Which means it hopefully will be paid longer than a year. I applied for it in January this year. Had it backdated to November and it came through in days.
I also told a lady who I know through walking the dog about it and she thanked me a few weeks later as she had been awarded it and it was backdated too. She said that it has made such a difference to her. There are 2 rates one about 70 PDS a week and the higher which is approximately 100 PDS.
I am sure it is more straight forward to get ESA than PIP. The Mac benefits advisor said that as I could walk a certain distance and look after myself that I wouldn't get PIP. I did have a fractured femur and 3 other areas of bone Mets but these are small at the moment.
I still think you should definitely apply for ESA.
Enjoy your garden seat and cushions! You deserve it!
Hi Helen, as have said on Bone mets thread, well done for eventually getting PIP, but at least it is back dated. Make sure you use it for something nice, no guilt attached.
If you are eligible, and feeling you're up to it, have you looked at ESA as well? Just to say this is either a means tested, or an NHI contribution based, support allowance and if you are on chemotherapy or radiotherapy you go into the special cases part of it with no assessments needed. I had to give up my new job last year and have had this since then based on my previous years' NHI contributions. It all helps especially when a lot of us can't work due to our mets or the side effects from our treatments.
Hi Desi I understand how you are feeling - I felt the same last year when I applied. I had had mets to bones for 2 years before and despite people saying I should apply did not want to because I was still able to lead a near normal life although being on letrozole I did feel like an 80 year old most mornings until I got myself up and going! But last year I started to have progression so had change of treatment and found I was getting breathless so decided to apply with my oncologist giving me a form DS1500. I was very lucky and the claim was paid quickly. I was still able to walk my dog most days but would get the odd day when I really struggled. Since then I have had to have chemo - one cycle to go. Whilst the chemo is not pleasant first impressions are that I feel much better in myself and the aches and pains have mostly gone (not being any hormone therapy I reckon). I do sometimes now wonder whether I should be eligible but in our situation things can change very quickly so for the moment I am going to continue as is - if when it expires I am still here and feeling ok I will review the position then.The extra money helps with help in garden etc and having worked all my life (now 57) I may well never receive my pension. You have every right to apply. I just believe that the rules should be clearer and that everybody with an incureable cancer diagnosis should be automatically entitled. I would give up everything to have my normal cancer free life back. Good luck and sorry for ramble.xx
I have had a look on our website and have put you the link below to where disability living allowance is discussed. If you would like to talk to someone further about this then our helpline team will be only too happy to help. Calls are free 0808 800 6000.