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ive just been told I have copd with asthma and ive been off work for the past two months. I retire next year in march 2018 but I don't feel ive got the energy to carry on the six months that I have left. If I retire from my job now under medical reasons would I be entitled to any money straight away as I have no pension from anywhere and I live on my own

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    Hi Janet,

    This is really way outside of my knowledge, i'm so sorry. I've tried to google your question but my brain just doesn't understand the retirement process. Maybe you can give your local CAB a ring because they'll be able to help. Again, i'm so sorry i couldn't help you today. Hope you can get the info you're looking for. Good luck. smile

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    Hello Janet,  Have you sent in a fit/sick note from the doctor for the last two months that you have been off work?  If you haven't been sending in fit/sick notes then you will have to go to your doctor & maybe he will give you a note. I think you should be claiming ESA (sick money).  Also you may be able to claim PIP.  Even when people are working they can still claim PIP.  I am sure someone on this forum will be able to advise you on how to claim PIP. You could always go to your nearest Citizens Advice & they will help you with any benefits you would be entitled to.  Good luck.   smile 

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      I think the early retirement process is different and i'm not sure Janet could just claim ESA. PIP yes if she doesn't already claim that or DLA. If she doesn't i can advice no problem, just ask smile

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    I retire next year I rang pensions and they said i can't have my pension early ive got to wait till march.what I want to know is i would like to retire from my job now I don't get any money for 13 weeks and I don't have any money coming in if I leave my job through ill health would I get any money from anywhere to live onn

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      If you were working full time you would need to claim SSP first. Once this runs out you would be able to claim ESA with a fit note from your GP. You won't be able to claim ESA to begin with if you were working full time. Hope this helps.

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      I only work part time 18 hours and ive been off sick for 2 months I saw occupational health the other day and she wanted to phase me back into work I told her I want strong enough yet so I told her I would like to retire I said I haven't got any pension anywhere and to have a word with her so I told her I wanted to retire she said it only takes a week to go through then my children told me if I retire I woildnt get any money from anywhere for 13 weeks in that case I willhave to stay at work

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      Ok thanks for the info, it helps. As you were working 18 hours you're entitled to SSP paid by your emplyer for a total of 28 weeks (with a fit note) you must claim this through your employer before you can claim ESA. Once your 28 weeks of SSP have finished you can then go onto claim ESA.

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      yes I do get sap and my employer pays me up to 3 months of bee g off then it goes down to half payim back at the doctors on Monday so I will see what he has to say to me
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      Ah ok that's good. Like i said you can't claim ESA until your SSP finishes which is 28 weeks. Other than housing benefit (if you rent) and council tax benefit then i'm afraid that's about all there is. PIP is and option if you're 65 or under, unless you already claim this or DLA? if you don't then please take a look at the PIP descritptors by using google (i'm sorry but links can't be posted here) If any of those apply to you and you have some evidence then please do think about putting in a claim. It can be a long process unfortunately. I'm sorry i couldn't give you any good news on money you can claim right now.

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