News items from the latest 'Benefits and Work' newsletter. They may be of interest to anyone on ESA, PIP:
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I am in a process of applying for Personal Independence Payment.
I also might be eligible for Employment and Support Allowance. I am in work but really struggling there.
I am wondering, it is worth to subscribe for Benefits and Work Claimants and carers subscription plan?
Do they have information that is not available elsewhere for free? Can I find the same information elsewhere online for free?
Would the website be helpful if I am claiming because of autism related issues?
How good is their forum? Do they send from e-mail notifications?
I’ve subscribed, I’ve had a quick look over their info and it looks very good. I won’t read it in any more detail until the time comes that I need to. I’m currently in receipt of universal credit but my work coach assured me they would do an assessment on me soon so when I get word of that, then I’ll read the info so I’m prepared.
I was told by the Department for Work and Pensions that they prefer people to be in work.
Apparently, it does not matter at what cost to their health and how happy they are there.
I can do only the minimum there. I have no resources and energy for anything more.
Employment and Support Allowance would help me a lot but I cannot get assessed if I am in work.
And if I leave the work, I do not know if I will get it.
So, I am stuck.
I failed my first assessment for the support group so they put me on universal credit, they said they could see that I currently had difficulties but that one day I would get back into work. This is true, I agreed, so they put me on universal credit. But what they didn’t tell me was that I would have to start looking for jobs so when I realised that at my first appointment, I told them that I would not be looking for employment and that I refuse to take any old job that suited them but not me. She eventually brought the manager of the job centre over to speak to me to reassure me that if I give them sick notes, they will turn off the Job search and when I’m ready for work, they’ll give me all the help I need and that they will never try to make me do a job that’s not suitable for me. That worked out ok for a while but I don’t want to go in there any more. My job coach is great but I told her I don’t want to see her anymore, it’s doing me more harm than good going in there now so she said she’ll arrange for an assessment for the support group and in the meantime, I don’t have to go and see her as often, so I’ll just wait now until I get that appointment date then I’ll read the info.
Be careful of leaving work. They used to have rules about that so it’s safer to go on sick first until you know the score.
I just feel that I suffer every day and this does not fit me at all.
I simply want peace and to be alone. I am so tired.
What is the point of life if I am so unhappy?
You sound like you are going through a tough time. You sound like you have a lot to cope with and we hope you’re okay.
If you are struggling to cope with the distress or despair, it’s very important to tell someone about your feelings or thoughts of suicide. Call your GP and make an urgent appointment. Your GP can make sure you get appropriate help and support.
If it’s outside your GP hours call 111 to reach the NHS 111 service: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Pages/NHS-111.aspx
The Samaritans also provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day on 116 123, or by email on firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIND have information pages on coping with self harm or suicidal feelings based on the experiences of people who’ve been through it that you may find helpful.
If you are very close to doing something to hurt yourself - call 999 now or go to your nearest A&E department. There should be someone there to support you and make sure you get ongoing support.