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Getting benifits ,

I have had depression for the last 30 years the last 4 have been deliberating, I have worked all my life but now can’t leave the house my sick pay will soon run out and I won’t get paid my wife earns very little , I have tried over 30 medications and had ect but now I am consumed by this illness , I have weeks of suicidel depression unable to eat or sleep , the sadness and hopelessness is over whelming I do not want to live like this it’s awfull only people that suffer will ever understand the depth of despair that this illness gives you , I can go to the bathroom and do certain things even though my memory is very poor , is there anything that I am entitled to claim for , I never have ever wanted to rely on other people or hand outs but now I am desperate , what will I do when my sick pay runs out , I’ve read that pip won’t pay out because I am not disabled enough , then they should come and live in my horrific world , I wake every morning in tears in the thought that I have got to go through all this again , doctors have told me that medication doesn’t work ect didn’t work so there is no help for me now my job has been taken from me because of this illness anyone have any ideas as what I am entitled to ,

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I think you should apply forpip. My son has schizophrenia and gets pip. No harm in applying. Good luck.


Hi have a look at the Gov.UK site as this will give you all the info on benefits.


In a nutshell all the benefits you could claim

On grounds of low income - housing benefit if you rent. Council tax rebate. If you have dependent children child tax credits.

On grounds of illness - ESA (Employment and Support Allowance). To get this you would need a sick note from your doctor.

PIP (Personal Independence Payment) - this is based not on your illness but how it affects you. It is a stand alone benefit which you can claim regardless of whether you are working or claiming other benefits or your income. It is extra money for your illness and is not usually taxable or taken into account when working out other benefits. Because the forms are tricky to fill out it's best to get help with them from either the CAB or another local help group.

I hope this helps a bit. Good luck. x


have u tried applying for esa?my fiance claims it as he's got a bad back and cannot work because of his back.


you can claim ESA, Employment Support Allowance . That benefit is for sick people unable to work.


Yes ESA is a good option.


Good morning,

I am so sorry you are so unwell.

Have you had notification of when your stat sick pay ends?.Depending on where you are in the UK, will determine if Universal credit has replaced the legacy benefits. If it is in your area, I would suggest you claim new style employment and support allowance, if you have paid enough national insurance contributions over the last two years. You have to call for the application form, and you can do do 4 weeks before yòir SAP ends. You will have to provide a fit note from your Dr.

Housing benefit is means tested so your wife's income would be taken into consideration, there are usually benefit calculators on your council website, or CAB or Turn2us.

With regard PIP..it is more sympathetic to mental health now, and I would suggest you apply, however with no disrespect to yourself, I would strongly advise that you seek assistance with form fill from an agency such as CAB or a welfare rights team. You can obtain the form by calling 0800 917 2222 you will need your Drs details, NINO, bank details. You will have 4 weeks to return the form..always photocopy before posting. If awarded, depending on your wife's income, she may be able to claim carers allowance...this can be back dated for 3 months.

I hope this is helpful, and if I can be of any further assistance would be glad to help.


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