Hi all only joined this forum today FB ones can be to much. Hoping this is more UK based as well. For the 1st time in 16 years of diagnosis I have been of work since 10 march. Started flaring up in Jan but struggle d to get to work but doing some office work rather than my normal job of light maintenance/ testing on shop floor well then we had Covid I had a 12 week later which then work extended furlough to end July. Still in a flare but 50% better since on 5mg prednisalone which is great but not well enough to return to work. Same company for 18 years.Then yesterday received a letter ref long term sic maybe I cannot return to old job. So dissmisal due to health..as No office jobs available at the moment.. I'm frightened I'm going to be unemployed at 58. Need to keep working for a few more yes..I have spoke to NRAS help line were great. Need to contact ACAS monday. So advise please.. oops it a long one
Keeping my job: Hi all only joined this forum today FB... - NRAS
Skidlid ACAS a great place to start as there are so many hurdles to go through and also to make sure they have taken your RA into account which is a disability too. It might be stressful to do all the admin but if they are doing the process wrong ACAS will arm you with info.
Welcome skidlid. I’m glad you are talking to ACAS on Monday, don’t agree to anything until you’ve spoken to them as there may be other options. I couldn’t return to my job and took early retirement due to ill health so I had access to my pension. I hope you don’t lose out financially. Let us know how you get on and good luck 😊
It is a works pension that I get skidlid. Things may be different now but I was offered early retirement which was a lump sum and a monthly pension. It was quite a while ago though and I was quite young so hadn’t built up much in contributions but it has made life easier. I really hope things work out well for you and your wife. You can do without the worry.
Hi hope you can get hold of acas for help ,it is all about correct procedures with them (work)on this and good you are trying acas , acas they should check this out for you hopefully, i really hope you get offered some kind of package if you do it is worth considering i know a few who have got nothing after over 20 years do take that into consideration if offered a package, hope you get help from acas, if any issiues with acas there is cab
Here we go it' s not exactly light reading but worth looking at some parts of the equality act etc. If anything applies to you write it down pre ACAS call and also make sure you have start date of the job when affected by RA etc some form of timeline. Also questions you need answers too so you do not forget anything.
Hi, yes you can take a friend with you and they can take notes etc on yr behalf, but you should not be dismissed due to yr health when you have a disability, it should be medically retirement with access to full pension as if you’d worked to yr retirement age. ACAS should advise you that. Or if you don’t want to leave that company they should make reasonable adjustments so that you can work. To be honest, I’m 58 and just got new employment as I handed my notice in at my last job, manager was a pain...
so don’t feel that’s the end, there is work there if you want to work. X
Speak to ACAS, have plenty of notes (and take down notes of what ACAS say; I think it is usual for you to be allowed to have a union rep or a colleague to attend a meeting with you - they can’t speak/answer on your behalf, but they can take notes for you. Often, if you have someone else you would rather take or is more qualified, then the employer would normally be advised by their advisers to agree to it. It may be worth joining a union just to get A union rep to be able to accompany you - have a search round the internet. Don’t try to ‘go it alone’ as there is help out there! Maybe even look at your home/car insurance Policy to see if you’ve got any legal cover - if so, make a call and see if it covers you for this. Please keep us posted.
Hi I worked for the NHS I was made to retire on ill health grounds as my other option was becoming bank staff which basically meant that they wouldn’t ring me and I wouldn’t have any work (change to contract). I’m not daft and eventually agreed to retirement on ill health grounds. I did have to go to a tribunal but it was only box ticking exercise I was still very upset about it because I loved my job and gave it my all. The good news is to get my full pension at the age of 49 the pensions people paid for my GP to write a run down of my disability and condition (best bit of paper I ever got). As a result I got my full pension as if I was retiring when I was the right age. The letter also enabled me to get ESA (employment support allowance) contribution based and I was put straight into the support group. I also have been awarded full mobility and daily living (Pip). So if your disability means you are unable to work even for a short amount of time then there is help out there. If you feel that they are forcing you to leave and you are able to work then definitely go for either unfair dismissal and if not why aren’t they making you redundant ? Definitely get in contact with ACAS because it’s discrimination if nothing else. I would say you do have to be honest with yourself too though whether you can in fact ever return to work. It’s hard to do that but be honest with yourself it’s better for your mental health. Good luck and yeah take a friend.
If your wife had to give up work because of health then definitely claim carers allowance for her anyway. I had always worked even part time after having my children so I know claiming benefits is difficult and trust me they don’t make it easy. But if you lose your income due to ill health and disability then at least it takes the pressure off. I never claimed anything at anytime before I became disabled and as I receive the top rate I know the possibility of me getting any better and being able to work again is unrealistic. If you’ve worked all your life a lot of the benefits you can claim for are not means tested. I didn’t have a choice.
I'm new to exploring the benefits maze myself so don't take my word for it, but from what I understand Personal Independence Payment is the "working age" equivalent of Attendance Allowance (which as you've rightly noted, is for those of pensionable age).
PIP alone isn't enough (for most people!) to live on, so if necessary you may need to look into other benefits too, but it's aimed in supporting you with the additional costs you might face as someone with RA and it isn't means-tested, so definitely worth looking into regardless of whatever other decisions you may make.
I'm probably not the best person to ask since, as admitted, I'm fairly new to it all myself, but as I understand, IF you qualify (and judging by my own post today, that's a big IF)... it could cover costs such as someone to come in and help with household/personal needs or other adaptations/gadgets you need to make life easier.
There's more info on the government site (gov.uk/pip) but also the NRAS has a very good section on benefits generally though I don't have the direct link to hand.