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Hi Amanda,

 

Yes I have seen the occupational report in it he stated that he can't give a return to work date and he classes me now as disabled and there is no way I can go back and do the job I was doing plus he also stated that I was now covered under the Disability discrimination act so from that they understand how serious the situation is. I spoke to my manager on Friday and he told me that after being off since early April they can't keep the job open any longer and that he and the 2 bosses above were to have a meeting on that day.

 

After the meeting he rang me to say I will be invited down for a chat with the owner of the business as it has to be done by the book but as the company has been lets say less than supportive of my condition I expect them to probably get rid of me just hoping I will get the Ill Health Retirement as the stress of this ain't helping my condition and find myself in constant pain and finding it hard just coping.

 

Cheers,

 

Chris

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That's kind of you Chris but I'm not really an expert on them. I wanted to make sure you know what your employer knows so you don't get any surprises in the meeting. Should your employer decide to terminate your employment you could take them to an industrial tribunal to have their decision scrutinised. I hope it doesn't come to that for you.

 

Please keep us updated and take care.


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Hi Amanda,

 

My boss emailed me the occupational report so there's nothing they can surprise me with. He has made it very clear on the report I can't go back in my current state and can give no idea when or if it will improve as my employers have not bothered researching anything to do with my illness so perhaps now they will.

 

I just want it over and done with now and in my heart I know I can't return to work.

 

Chris

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Hi Chris,

 

I'm sending good wishes your way, and hoping that your disability application moves along smoothly. It's a huge stress to handle on top of illness, so I hope you are keeping an eye on relaxing and refreshing as much as you can during this time.

 

Here are some warm hugs, just for you. :emoticon-hug:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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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: .

 

chris

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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:


Warm Hugs,

 

Shelley Ensz

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Hotline and Donations: 1-800-564-7099

 

The most important thing in the world to know about scleroderma is sclero.org.

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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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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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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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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

 

Chris xx

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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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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.

 

Buttons

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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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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

 

Sandy B

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