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I cannot get income related ESA but have been awarded Contributory, the situation is I work for the NHS but am on long term sick and my salary is reduced to half (which is the equivalent of 8 hrs pay) I was advised to claim for ESA when SSP finished - My half pay entitlement finishes in May so I'll go to 0 hours.
I am in talks with the NHS to see if they can find me work, its actually doubtful as Im only a year off retirement.
I wondered if they found me work less than 16hrs if i would still be entitled to contributory ESA.
I looked on the entitled to website and it says:
Unlike means-tested benefits, there is no income and savings test for contributory ESA. However, your ESA is reduced by half the amount of any pension or permanent health insurance payment received in excess of £85.
I asked advice from the citizens advice and they told me that if i went back to work in any form I would loose ESA
I said I had seen the conditions about permitted work but that only applies to income based ESA they say no it applies to both.
As i get more on ESA then i dont know what to do, especially as i retire in early 2017.
So what if I leave my job, does my ESA get stopped as i will be leaving voluntary?
Or do i have to wait for them finishing me on ill health?
Wonder if anyone else has been in this situation please?
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