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Just a quick query really, I get ESA and highest PIP and my Husband gets Carers allowance, he gets a small pension and we are both retired . He has been offered a job but we're unsure if it would be worth it, I assume we must tell both ESA and PIP before he takes it ?

Don't want to do anything wrong com worry so much all the time, but we are struggling to be honest, my daughter helps with my care and we give her some of the carers allowance for this.

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    High Eloise

    The only part of the benefit's which would be affected would be your Husband's Carer Allowance and any Income Support top ups you may receive.

    Provided you are in the Support Group your main body of ESA £109.10pw and your PIP wouldn't be affected at all. ESA could be affected if you are either in the assessment phase or Work Related Activity Group.

    I would inform the DWP just to cover your back and your husband must inform Carer Allowance.

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      Hi Anthony, bless you many thanks, I was going to inform them as soon as he has a start date, just didn't want a shock with them saying my benefits would stop and we may well become worse off than we are now, I am in the support group for ESA and get the top rates in both aspects of PIP.

      Yes we have some savings but were hoping to hang on to them for as long as possible, but even now we find ourselves dipping in for little extras to make life a little more comfortable, seems you can't win though, we both worked from being 15, of us to being 62 and Mike being forced to retire from the Police at 60 although he wanted to stay they made him go, he joined later on in life so only gets a small pension, things aren't easy.

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    Hi Eloise

    Has your husband contacted carer's uk? They are very helpful in all matters related to caring including a free benefits entitlement check they have trained staff who can offer advice on the benefits you can claim. There is also a forum and always someone who will try to help with any aspect of caring concerns including financial.

    I would definitely recommend them.

    Take care

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      Thank you Rose, that's really kind, we'll contact them I didn't know about them to be honest, this disablement isn't funny when you've been active all your life, I am on Morphine, Amitriptyline and Co Codamol for pain, none of it stops the pain it just takes the edge off xx

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      I am so sorry, I totally understand as I am in pain every day like you. The medication helps but some days are better /worse than others but each day I struggle and have also been active all my life and always worked so its hard when health problems are this disabling and start to run your life for you...thats how I feel at times...

      Feel free to send me a pm if I can help at all.

      Stay strong xx

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      Ah Rose, thank you so much, some days I don't have the energy to get out of bed, most nights I'm up and down as the pain is so bad, I had an Op for Trochanteric Bursitis on my right hip but it's made the pain worse, I've gone through Shockwave Therapy which was excruciating pain, and didn't work, had acupuncture which didn't touch it, was taking all sorts of pain killers including Tramadol, and now the last resort is Morphine, it takes the edge off but that's all. Now my Consultant is reluctant to re open the hip to see what's going on and won't even consider doing the left hip because the right side has failed, I've agreed in principle as worried it could make things even worse, thing is the last thing people should be fretting about is money when you're in constant pain, but I must add the Hospital have been amazing, and both the ESA and PIP people have been really understanding, but then everyone should find that or have I just been lucky ? I'm not sure, I have a wheelchair and a stair lift but I try not to rely on them as it almost feels like I've let it all get the better of me, anyway I hope your pain is manageable chick, thank you so much for your concern too, I'm just off downstairs to make a cup of tea, I usually end up down there drinking tea 5 or 6 times during the night, trouble is I then sleep in and end up napping in the afternoon, it's not like I can say it's a habit, it's due to the pain waking me at intervals during the night hours xx

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