Put on half pay at work- can I claim ESA to top it up

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Been off work since early July (awaiting VRT treatment for balance issue) and work have told me I will be on half pay from now. Is there xny benefit I can claim to top my income up for a short while? I am hoping VR treatment helps me get back to work before Xmas. Signed off until 22 Nov at moment.

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    Hi Dawn, yes once you go to half pay you ccan claim ESA.

    But you should really be on full pay for 6 months, depending

    On how long you have been with your firm and of course

    their policy

    Is. You could ring DWP and explain your situation if you are eligible

    They will send forms. I actually got help from CAB to fill my forms in

    Good luck,, I think you should apply for PIP as well, coz you can get

    PIP even if you are working,, but both benefits may need an assessment

    At some point. You can claim ESA in the assessment phase for 13

    Weeks while they decide if you are eligible,,, if you are then they will increase

    Payment or stop it. BBut what you get for 13wks is yours, does help

    With the money situation, you should also find out about SSP

    Good luck ☺

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    Don't forget you might also qualify for housing benefit and/or council tax rebate.  google govt uk.


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    Thank you all for your replies. I will ring DWP as suggested as request form.

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