At this week’s stall, three separate people approached us asking advice about claiming benefits when they are unfit for work. With this is mind, we thought it would be useful to restate the basic rules of engagement. (Most of this information is on our current leaflet.)
The general advice we give is:
ALWAYS get someone who knows the system to help you to fill in forms.
ALWAYS take someone with you to assessments as a witness and support.
ALWAYS remember that you are not alone. There are people out there to help you.
Under the ‘old’ system, you would apply for Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). If you have recently stopped working, and have enough National Insurance contributions, you are entitled to apply for what they now call ‘New Style’ ESA, which is not means tested.
Otherwise, you will need to apply through Universal Credit. Once you have been on…
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