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#21 christopher

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Posted 09 November 2010 - 08:22 PM

Hi Shelley,

Thanks for the hugs :thank-you: really need them at the moment. Hope to have it sorted soon as my statutory sick pay runs out on the 8th December and will have to go onto incapacity benefit which ain't helping my stress levels :crying: .

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 12:49 AM

Hi Chris,

Does 'incapacity benefit' mean 'lots less income'?

It amazes me that we don't have more topics on the board such as "How to recycle shoe leather for food," or "Dog food is man's best friend!" because of the awful effect of illness on income.

In the U.S., there is no automatic or gentle transition from work to disability, usually it is very harsh with several years waiting to be approved and with medical coverage only kicking in several years after approval, as well. So it might be even more of a hardship here, but I can't imagine a scenario where anyone would be better off sick and on disability pay, than healthy and on full salary.

More hugs for you! :emoticon-hug:
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#23 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 10 November 2010 - 04:40 AM

Shelley you are hilarious but what a shame that what you say is very true.

Chris you'll actually be applying for employment and support allowance which replaced incapacity benefit and income support for any claimants after October 2008.

This relatively new benefit requires you have a medical assessment but the good news is:

*Under Employment and Support Allowance, if you have an illness or disability that severely affects your ability to work, you will get increased financial support and will not be expected to prepare for a return to work. You can volunteer to do so at any point if you want to.

I'm guessing that you'll be considered to have an illness that severely effects your ability to work!

I know from experience that the transition from income to benefit is a difficult one but you must persevere.

Take care.

*www.direct.gov.uk
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Posted 10 November 2010 - 05:48 AM

Hi Chris

Thankfully I haven't been in the position that you're in at present as I haven't been in paid employment for many years, but I've been reading your thread avidly and I do hope your claim for retirement on ill health grounds is successful.

I shall be thinking of you and hoping that your meeting goes well. :)

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Posted 11 November 2010 - 08:37 PM

Hi Joelf,
Thank you for your kind words must admit it is very stressful at the moment waiting on my employers. :temper-tantrum:

Hopefully they will sort it soon as they have given me a deadline of the 8th December that they will stop paying me SSP and they won't keep my job open any longer.

When they had their meeting about me last Friday I was promised they would write to me to bring me up to date on the situation still waiting for this letter to turn up!!

Thanks again guys for your thoughts and hugs really means a lot.:thank-you:

Chris

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Posted 17 November 2010 - 07:29 PM

Just to bring you guys up to date; I have a visit from 2 managers next Thursday to discuss my future :closedeyes: so hopefully things will get sorted.

They did want me to drive to work which is a round trip of 120 miles, which I declined as I find that I can't drive for longer than 10 miles before I get into a lot of discomfort.

Will keep you posted

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Posted 18 November 2010 - 06:38 AM

Hello Chris

If there's going to be two of them please consider having someone with you. It might be worthwhile getting some advice beforehand, maybe the CAB (Citizen's Advice Bureau) can help...just so you know where you stand if you don't hear what you want to.

Take care and keep us posted.
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Posted 18 November 2010 - 07:54 AM

Chris if you are in a union ask if someone can be with you and to help giving you advice about your situation. I was glad that my union was so supportive when I went through it.

Hope the meeting goes well for you.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:53 AM

Hi Guys,

Thanks for the advice.

I have been to the CAB about financial matters since I have been off (7 months now) and the guy we have seen is a ex general practitioner so knows all about my condition and has been very supportive. My boss is contacting me before the meeting to let me know what the brief of the meeting will be so I can be prepared for what rubbish they are going to chuck at me and will have another family member here as well for support.

I will let you guys know the outcome

Chris xxx

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 10:16 PM

Hi Chris,

I hope the meeting with your boss goes well, good for you for standing your ground and saying you can't travel that distance for the meeting. Glad your boss is contacting you with a brief about said meeting, like you say at least you can prepare yourself for whatever rubbish they may chuck at you!!! Fortunately I am still able to work right now, albeit part time, but I do know that when I have to face the possibility of ESA or DLA that is when life will become very difficult, not only with the claiming process and all that that entails, but also because it will mean my health has taken a major down turn. I wish you good luck and hope a solution is reached which is in your best interest, it is such a worry not only with all the health implications but also the financial worry so I hope you get things sorted quickly on all fronts.

Take care

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 11:35 AM

<_< Hi Chris, hope all goes well for you, you really don't need all the stress.
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Posted 26 November 2010 - 09:40 AM

Well :emoticons-yes: it went very very well with my employers they have agreed there is no way I can come back to work :emoticons-yes: and they are sorting me out a package so as you might guess I was mighty relieved yesterday. Must admit I was really stressed out up to the meeting and didn't sleep at all the night before.

Oh happy happy days :happy-day: :happy-day:

Thanks you guys for all your love and support :thank-you: :thank-you:

Chris

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 10:03 AM

Hello Chris

Way to go!! How fantastic!! I am so glad it's over and that it's a good ending. Now enjoy your retirement!! :flowers: :flowers:

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 11:45 AM

Oh Chris, I'm really, really pleased for you; you must be extremely relieved that it's all over. :VeryHappy:

Here's to a very long and happy retirement!! :happy-day:

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Posted 26 November 2010 - 10:30 PM

Chris I'm so pleased that things have worked out for you, it is a great feeling when the stress has gone and you can concentrate on other things.

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Posted 02 December 2010 - 08:47 AM

Hi Chris,

I'm a sucker for a happy ending, so glad your employers saw sense and did the only thing they could do. Enjoy your retirement.

Take care

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 09:05 AM

Chris,
Like me I know you would rather not have the illness that forces early retirement but I am delighted you got there in the end.
I know how you feel it is a great relief when its out of the way and you feel that people do believe you.
Its the next chapter of your life so good luck for the future and dont be a stranger
All the best
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Posted 05 December 2010 - 06:01 AM

Hey Chris, what wonderful news! Many congratulations. You'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel without all this stress! Enjoy your retirement - we can advise on all sorts of new hobbies you might want to take up. :lol:
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