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Hi, thanks for the replies. It's useful to have some idea of what might be available. I know I need to try and get some advice, I just keep putting it off after my last attempt with macmillians. Ideally I would like to work  just a little bit, rather than have to stop altogether but this prob isnt feasible financially.

 

It sounds like pip is unlikely then. Re reduced mobility - from conversations with other people about their own health, the system seems to have a very narrow definition. I am still mobile, I can walk - so I'm guessing I wont tick their boxes. I am finding getting around more and more difficult, particularly as I dont have transport and have to walk to get places and use public transport.

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Just to add that to claim pip you must need help with caring for yourself, or have reduced mobility. I would talk to a Macmillan benefits adviser. They are very knowledgeable on what can be claimed, what the rules are,mand will even help you make a claim.

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Oops didnt realised i had repeated myself!
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Hi jenny. Firstly...who cares if your house is a tip. So is mine!
Secondly..you really need to speak to some one about your finances before you get too stressed. You could phone dwp for advice or speak to citizens advice or welfare rights.
You should get pip at about 500 a month ans esa at about 100 weekly. You mite even qualify for help with council tax or rent reductions.
There is help out there but i agree its not as gd as our wages generally.
It seems so wrong to have financial worries wen we shud be concentrating on our health rite now.
Hope you can get things sorted out soon so you can plan what to do and how to best cope with all of this.
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As for money. Dont take this as definite but i think your pip could be approx £500 a month whilst esa should bw about £100 weekly. You may also get help with rent or council tax rebates
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Carol, I hope your conversation with your manager went okay for you. I think part-time can be a good option as I believe in having the 'right' balance helps with quality of life.

 

I've had a reasonable balance of hours (choosing time over money) but I am finding even part-time work to be really tiring. My house is such a tip! My work contracts are not reliable and at present it looks like one of them might be ending and I dont feel like I have the energy to go looking for more work.

 

I tried ringing macmillian last year for a chat about it but the person I spoke to wouldnt put me through to someone unless I had all my figures/paperwork, so I left it.

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Jenny. I also have sbc and have to decide if i work or go on benefits. You can claim ESA and PIP ..formerly called DLA. If anyone looks after you they can claim carers allowance too. I am lucky as i can reduce my hours perhaps and still work but its an awful situation to be in and i really sympathise. My head is spinning and i have to tell my manager tomorrow! Good luck and i hope this has helped

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Hi jenny29

 

While you are waiting for other members to reply to your post, I've attached a link to the macmillan website section on Financial support and benefits.  They have some very useful information: 

 

http://www.macmillan.org.uk/HowWeCanHelp/FinancialSupport/FinancialSupport.aspx

 

Hope this helps

 

Janet

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I have continued to work part-time with secondary cancer (0 hours contracts, self-employed contracts) but I'm aware that I find it a struggle and also that at some point my health is likely to get worse and I will probably be unable to work at all. It seems like there are a lot of hoops to jump thr in order to claim benefits and £72 per week is not much money to live on.

 

I'm just wondering how others who might have made this kind of choice have found it?