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can any one tell me what benefits I would be entitled to if I have to give up work as I am finding it more difficult to work even thou its only part time I live in the uk man thanks lynn

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Hi Lyndylou


At present I've been off work since May & my Sick pay has now finished & salaries sent me Incapacity Benefit Forms to apply for. I wasn't going to do this because I know I'm still entitled to half pay for another 100 days but spoke to my general practitioner & he said I must do it because if I couldn't get back to work it would help. I have talked to general practitioner about part time but he said I need to be prepared that I may never be fit enoough to do my job again either full or part time. My general practitioner also said not to simply hand in my resignation.


So I would certainly look into it closely - You would need to check - What happens if you give your job up. Perhaps asking at Citizens Advice might help. So don't hand in resignation until you check, perhaps you would be better going off on sick first.



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Jensue is right. Fortunately for us, the system is pretty good, but not all employers are equal in their treatment of the situation. You are entitled to SSP(Satutory Sick Pay) for a certain number of weeks which you must exhaust before you qualify for Incapacity Benefit. My company had an extremely generous policy and I was able to collect sick pay at full pay for awhile, then at half pay. Once the half pay kicked in, I got SSP along with it. Human resources sent me the forms for incapacity benefit at the appropriate time and I remained on the books of the employer until I reached retirement age. Once the SSP finished, the Incapacity Benefits took over, but they stopped when I reached pension age. During all of this, I had to continue to provide the appropriate forms from my general practitioner saying I was unable to continue working. Smaller companies are inclined to drop you, but you will continue to receive SSP for the proscribed number of weeks.

Warm wishes,



Carrie Maddoux

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