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Janet_BCC
Member

Re: ESA

Hi Wensteed

 

I've attached a link to Macmillan's information about ESA:

 

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Cancerinformation/Livingwithandaftercancer/Financialissues/Benefitsandfi...

 

I hope this works ok for you.

 

Very best wishes

 

Janet

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Wensteed
Member

Re: ESA

Hi June,
The link for this factsheet no longer works. Can you post the latest working link ?
Thanks
W.
namaste
Member

Re: ESA

That's great news. Hope all goes well with your treatment. Money is something you shouldn't have to worry about, it's not our fault the system's in chaos! ps I'm triple negative too, there's a few of us about 🙂 Take care x
Bumpkin
Member

Re: ESA

Having followed Namaste's advice, I wrote to my MP last Thursday. I received an immediate response from his parliamentary aide saying they would contact ATOS. Yesterday a further response advised that my claim has been assessed, that will not need a medical assessment and that the DWP will be in contact very soon. Hurrah for MPs! I am delighted as I am facing chemo, having had a further grade 3 triple negative 5.5cm tumour removed at the outside edge of my mastectomy site last week. Pet ct scan soon for staging. Fewer things to worry about with ESA sorted. Thanks Namaste
Bumpkin
Member

Re: ESA

Hi Namaste
I appreciate your reply very much and will take your advice. I am having surgery to remove new tumours tomorrow, which have come up three months after a double mastectomy with ldflap recon. So, once a bit better I will certainly write my letter. Hope you are well.
Many thanks Bumpkin
namaste
Member

Re: ESA

Hi, as you're so close to having your claim ended I would contact your MP. It's what I had to do to get my claim moved along. Explain your situation and the impact of not being assessed before the 52 weeks is up. Yes, you will have your claim ended even though you haven't been assessed yet. Emphasise you're still in treatment and you face having no income. Works even better if you have a Tory/LibDem Mp! It's a rubbish situation to be in and I wish people were more informed about what's going on. HTH and let us know how you get on x

Bumpkin
Member

Re: ESA

Hi there. I would be grateful if you know an answer to my query. I am only entitled to contributions-bases ESA. I started to receive it August 2013. My 12 months is nearly up and I have not yet been assessed to be put into the support group. DWP say ATOS have major backlog. I am still having active treatment for cancer. Will my ESA stop at 12 months even though I would have been put in the support group had ATOS assessed me in time? Many thanks
namaste
Member

Re: ESA

Hi again 🙂 Just to clarify, if you're on contributions based ESA then its 16 hours and no more than £90ish pounds and you keep what you earn. If it's income based ESA then its still 16 hours but anything you earn over £20pw is deducted from your ESA. I agree though, it's difficult to find a flexible employer you are covered by the DDA at work. HTH x

Seashell60
Member

Re: ESA

I was told that if you did decide to work while receiving ESA then whatever you earn is taken off the ESA so that it still works out the same amount of ESA. Which in other words means that they top up what you earn to equal your weekly ESA so you don't actually earn any more.

In order to earn a decent wage that would mean going back to my 20+ hours a week and all the while worrying about what if's all the time - ie: what if i was off sick~what if i had too many appts to take time off for~what if i couldn't keep up with the workload, etc, etc!

Of course as well any job would have to suit the number of hours allowed to work or the number of hours i could cope with and that means finding a flexible/understanding employer. I know for sure that i can never work full-time - i was only part-time anyway before all this - so we will have to wait and see what happens in the future! Cheers, Michele x

namaste
Member

Re: ESA

If it's any help you can do part time work whilst in receipt of ESA. It's no more than 16 hours earning less than £90?.. you'd have to check the exact figure. This has helped me work out what I'm capable of right now and means it's not 'all or nothing' which has been very helpful. I can't work full time yet (maybe never!) but at least there's a bit of money coming in. HTH

Seashell60
Member

Re: ESA

Hi i have only just seen your post re: ESA. What a palaver it was in myself getting sorted into the right group when my SSP ran out from work (which I have now left as the job I did was too physical and I didn't think I could do it now). I started out on the basic ESA which should have been for the initial 13 week phase until being medically assessed by the medical doctors within the DWP. Of course nothing ever goes to plan with any government department and I remained on the basic phase level from July 2012 until finally being assessed this past February and informed that due to my illness I am in the Support Group until my next review next Feb 2015! Oh and this also included an unexpected rebate backdated to last year which was very gratefully received! I am presuming that because i no longer have to provide a doctor's fit note until my review next Feb that they are aware of my not being able to seek work - so if i was to change over to the wrag group as you say, it would be very difficult to change back if this didn't work out for me. that is a worry to me at times as i would love nothing more than a nice part time job close by (we have all manner of shops in our area) and start being "normal" again! As far as i am aware, if you are unfit for work through illness or disability and are in the support group, when your review comes around and your circumstances remain the same then you continue being paid in the support group? ~If so then it does relieve the pressure and worry about not being fit for work and having no money. I am hesitant to jump off the illness benefits train until i am feeling more or less 100% fit and confident to hold down a job and not have to worry about not feeling well enough to do so. Cheers, Michele x

keeks
Member

Re: ESA

Hi sc

I know it's been a while since you posted, how did you get on with your ESA.

 

I have just finished rads and have been looking at jobs I can appy for. What did you decide to do in the end.  I have been thinking about applying for jobs and waiting to see how I get on. 

 

Keeks

June_BCC
Member

Re: ESA

Hello sc

 

Welcome to the forums,  I’m sure other users will be along to support you soon. 

 

In the meantime, maybe you would like to talk things through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer practical information as well as emotional support. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 2.00.

 

I’ve also attached a link to a Macmillan Factsheet on ESA which might help http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Documents/HowWeCanHelp/Get_support/financial/ESA_factsheet.pdf

 

With best wishes

June, moderator

 

sc
Member

ESA

I am claiming ESA and due to my diagnosis I have been put in the support group. I am hoping to get back to work in the near future and wondered how I am transfered to the work related activity group (wrag) - do I inform them I want to start looking for work and be moved to the wrag, persuade my doctor to put fit for work on my sick note or do I wait for them to review my case?

More importantly, I might not find work immediately so if I transfer to the wrag am I entitled to stay on it for up to the full one year or does the one year deadline start from when I first started claiming ESA? i.e. when i was allocated to the support group last July?

Whilst the wrag payment is less than the support group I was told that it may be beneficial to move to the wrag as that opens up new college training opportunies to help me update my skills and get a better job.

Does anyone have any advice?

Many thanks.