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Date: 28.09.2011
From: lynn r

Subject: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

i am nearly finishing my 28 weeks ssp and i could not go back to my job as i have not got any DMARDS that work with me yet i have been awarded DLA, HRM LRC until 2013 having had a medical less than 3 months ago from atos they sent a dr to my house. I was wondering if anyone else has had any joy getting esa or is it as hard as everyone makes out, i have PA and i am crippled with it at the moment just looking for any advise thanks x
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Date: 28.09.2011
From: Lee

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

Ive just applied for it ((Contribution based)) as dont think im eligble for the income based as my Partner works over the allowed hours and they say he minimal wage is enough for both of us to live on.

Fingers crossed I should get it as not allowed anything else and still arguing my DLA
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Date: 29.09.2011
From: Lynn B

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

Hi Lynn, I was awarded ESA after 6 months of full pay on the sick, when my pay got cut to half they awarded me it. After 6 more months I had to go for a medical, and was awarded 12 points, thats how they work it out, your illness is assed in points ( bloody ridiculas if you ask me) anyway that was not enough and I had to apeal. I went to see a guy from welfare rights, who filled in the form for me and also represented me at the tribunal,which I won it took all of 5mins.... The judge awarded me an extra 12 points which took it over the 15 that you need. I realy think its an unfair system, It only changed to ESA 3 months before I came off work. So my ESA went from 60 odd pound a week 92 a week, I have also been awarded DLA indefinetly. I have just been retired early on health grounds from work and still get my ESA. Dont give up go for it its only what you deserve. sos for such a long post hope it helped. T.C.
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Date: 29.09.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

Lynn r, morning, just put your claim in and if you are refused appeal. If you don't ask you won't get. It seems everyone has to appeal so you are not alone on that one!! Its a bit of a trial when you already are unwell but stick with it, its your right. Take Care
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Date: 30.09.2011
From: lynnr

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

thanks guys i have put the form in heres hoping just cant see the point of anoother medical when i had 1 done less than 3 months with a dla award till 2013 itt all baffles me lol
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Date: 30.09.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

It has us all baffeled but you go for it. Hope it all comes good. Take Care
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Date: 01.10.2011
From: lynnr

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

i recieved a letter today saying i am not entitled to it as i have not paid enough national insurance i was working for over last 2 years only part time but i am not sure what will happen i could not go onto jobseekers as i could not hold down a job i am so sore at the moment and have not found any course of meds thats going to help me as yet..... i could screem....rant over lol x
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Date: 01.10.2011
From: Dilizjo

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

You may not be eligible for Contributary ESA but you are entitled to Income based ESA which is exactly the same amount of money, I am surprised they did not tell you this, the only reason I can think of is that if you have a partner that works...
have a look at www.consumeractiongroup.co.uk and go to the Forum named Benefits, tax credits and minimum wage, if you can't find a thread that is relevant to you start one there are loads on there that will be bale to give you solid advice.
Good luck xx
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Date: 01.10.2011
From: lynnr

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

yeah dilzjo i have a husband that works full time but is not on a extremly high wage but higher than u can be for income related so what will happen now i dont know what to do x
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: lynnr

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

well my day has went from bad to worse today i went down and it is right enough on the form i am not entitled to esa income related or contrubution and i will now not recieve any money at all i have went from getting 100 pound a week then down to 81.60 and now nothing i cannot afford not to work so it seems i will need to get a job and i am definatly not fit for it grrrrrr i have been crying on and off all day i am aching all over now even my head is sore i just do not know what to do. Rant over sorry guysx
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: Dilizjo

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

You may be entitled to Housing Benefit and council tax benefit phone the council and ask, you won't lose anything.

Keep us updated please
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: lynnr

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

i think ive not to get anything as they say my husband should be supporting me it is a total disgrace my stress levels are thtough the roof and i am contemplating asking for my job back as we cannot live without this money i will keep u posted x
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Date: 03.10.2011
From: marlene

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

You should be claiming Council Tax Credit Housing Benefit. Have you tried Family Tax Credit. Lynnr, hang in there until you have tried these options. Wish you luck. Take Care
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Date: 04.10.2011
From: Lee

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

laughed as it says Living Expenses...what world are they living in when 67.50 a week coveres living expenses

Im not entitled to anything else and still arguing DLA.

Being realistic I have to force myself to go back to work next week for full pay even though I am not well.

The GP supports it but then again people know what I think of my specialists and GP's so no need to say owt lol
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Date: 04.10.2011
From: lynnr

Subject: Re: SSP coming to an end anyone had any luck getting ESA

i am going to make an app with money matters at my local council office they should hopefully be able to give me some advice its a nightmare thanks for all the replies much apreciated :)
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