Last week my doctor told me I'm not really well enough to work, and should consider my options today my employer of 16 years offered to pay me a compromise package of three months wages as I am clearly struggling to continue and they will terminate my contract due to ill health. My wife has been ill for 14 years and is now disabled she is in the support group for ESA ,and receives high rate DLA both care and mobility, I have worked part time for the last three years so that I can look after her.
The BLF help line tells me that I may be entitled to DLA for myself but you probably all know what it's like trying to claim for copd,and that even if I loose my job due to ill health and my doctor says I am not fit to work the ESA can still find me fit for work, and unless I am placed in the support group will only pay me for one year.
It seems my only real option is to work at a job I am proud of for a decent company until they are forced to sack me for poor attendance,I don't want to stop work but the choice will not be given to me my employer cannot carry me forever, this government will eventually force me onto means tested benefits and I will end my days in poverty and misery.
My only hope is that I can carry on until this conservative government is voted out.
I am 54 with severe pure emphysema gas transfer 39% but with no obstruction, I also have sleep apnea and a cpap machine my main problem is fatigue and S.O.B.
If anyone knows of any other options please advise thanks.