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I have been diagnosed with OA of my spine, hips and fingers. I have been given an unfir for work note from my GP for 8 weeks. I have been put on temporary Income Support and get paid SSP. I am no better with my illness, somedays even worse, and just don't feel I could ever go back to my work as a Assistant Health Carer, working in a 40 bed nursing/residential home! I am due to see my GP in two weeks to request a new sick note which I know will be issued. My question/problem is: Should I resign? I feel cheeky getting SSP from my employers (a wage) and not working! I am also wanting to move near to where my 4 daughters live, so that I have them close by for any care/shopping etc that they can help me with (300 miles away), and if I do move can't see my employers paying me SSP for the duration of 28 weeks, while I live out of their area! What are the implications of resigning and claiming benefits? I will naturally be prepared for a full medical examination if requested. I have also read somewhere about DLA but don't understand the notes. Should I phone and speak to the Benefits office, explaining I want to resign from work on ill health grounds and also want to move areas? Help!!
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