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Come and chat live to our two friendly Welfare
Rights Advisers, Jayne Mead and Peter McLaughlin, next Wednesday lunchtime.
They’ll be answering your questions about Employment and Support Allowance.
know that being unable to work can cause serious financial worries for people
living with cancer. Employment and Support Allowance
(ESA) is benefit
which can be a lifeline for some people in this position.
From April 2012, contribution-based ESA has been time-limited
to one year for anyone in the work-related activity group. This group is for
those who the Department of Work and Pensions considers will be fit to return
to work in future, and are capable of taking steps towards returning to work
immediately. However, the one year limit is causing a lot of problems for
people living with cancer.
you’d like to talk to Jayne and Peter about ESA, join us in the chatroom
on Wednesday 25 July, 12-1pm.
you can’t make the chat, post your question below and I’ll ask it for you. Or,
to talk to a Welfare Rights Adviser like Jayne or Peter, call our free
Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 0000 (Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm).
Watch a video of Peter explaining how he helps people affected by cancer.
Hi there I'm winston (names after my terrier!). I would like to ask, 'Since being diagnosed with breast cancer, so far had mastectomy waiting for second op in August, Financially my husband and myself are just about managing. I used to hear £80.00 a week, I have given my manager a start date of mid-september for returning to work, inspite of the fact I will be on chemo. At present I get £85.00 a week stat sick pay, my company pay nothing towards my sick time off. Would I be eligible for (ESA), I have give a date for returning to work. Thank you'.
Winston - I'm nothing to do with Macmillan, but you can claim ESA even when you have a date for returning to work (I did). However, I don't think you can get ESA and stat sick pay at the same time :( Probably worth a word with Macmillan or CAB to be sure you and husband are claiming all you can.
Thanks for your question - I'll ask Jayne and Peter for you in the webchat. All the questions and answers from the chat will be published here on the Community News Blog afterwards, so you'll be able to see what they said.
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