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Practical issues

Share experiences and advice on practical issues when living with cancer, such as money, work, benefits, transport, food and drink, organising support at home, or getting specialist equipment.

Sick pay

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My partner (a further education English teacher for 15!!! YEARS!!! in various further education colleges locally ie all public sector but various ""trusts""! ) started treatment for breast cancer after Easter. She is on full pay till September only because she started last September 2018 at her last job . She has been a teacher employed by the department of education for nearly 20 YEARS!! Explain please... PS I have lost work since Easter as looking after her.

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sorry to hear about your wife, I do not know how further education works but with community schools the teachers are employed by their local authority even though pay and conditions are done generally at a national level and the "trusts" make the process more complex.

When you say you have lost work does I am guessing this perhaps means you are self employed - if so I am afraid I have no knowledge of this and perhaps the best suggestion might be to ask for some support from the Ask a benefits adviser or ring the helpline here 0808 808 0000