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  1. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Hi everyone,

    Just thought I would tell you I am about to embark on my first ESA journey and I am terrified!

    I had a letter from my employer to say my SSP will be stopping on 23rd April so I have filled in an online questionnaire for ESA (at the DWP site) and they are supposed to be calling me back in the next day or so.

    I have requested a paper form be sent to me as I don't think I will cope with a 40 minute session on the phone. Plus I will get tongue-tied and say the wrong thing.

    I am so frightened of messing this application up as everyone I have spoken to says what a nightmare procedure it all is.

    Wish me luck.....
  2. lazylegs

    lazylegs Moderator

    Good luck Tracy.

    It might help if you have a list of all your symptoms and how they affect you at hand so you don't leave anything out in the conversation. Also list any side effects your medications cause which might affect you at work. Knowing how many days work you missed due to illness or for appointments might be of benefit also.

    Let us know how it goes.

    Take care,
  3. MountainbikeLynne

    MountainbikeLynne Registered

    Good luck Tracy

    I'm not sure if CAB might be help you to complete the form - not sure if that's in their remit, but might be worth a phone call to see?
  4. KarolH

    KarolH Registered

    Wishing you luck in this. Not sure what ESA is? Can you explain if you have time and it is not too complicate. Thanks.
  5. Clare.T

    Clare.T Registered

  6. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Thanks Lazylegs, I think I am going to insist they send me the paper form so I can take my time over it.

    Thanks Lynne, I may well look into that.

    Thanks Karol. ESA is Employment and Support Allowance and from what I understand it's the most complicated sickness benefit ever invented!! I'm afraid I can't explain as I don't really understand it myself!!

  7. KarolH

    KarolH Registered

    Thanks Clare. I will look at the link.
  8. KarolH

    KarolH Registered

    Seems it is like our Social Security Disability program.
  9. Jessica1

    Jessica1 Moderator

    Hi Tracy,
    Good luck with your ESA claim and phone call. I know I'm always banging on about Occy Health but is this something they would support you with too?
    Hope it goes ok,
  10. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Unfortunately I am being made redundant so I don't think it would be appropriate to ask, thanks for the idea though. xx
  11. Jessica1

    Jessica1 Moderator

    No way???? Is this through ill health? Sorry, I'm so behind on your situation as I haven't been on the site properly for so long. Poor you x
  12. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Falling pupil numbers - 2 TAs and one full time teacher going. I think all my sick leave helped make their minds up that I was one of the redundancies. :(
  13. Jessica1

    Jessica1 Moderator

    All the best with your claim but it's such a shame that you're in this position.
  14. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    I loved that job but it really was getting too much for me so maybe this is for the best, I can get my surgery done and then get the other symptoms under control without the pressure of work and the guilt of having time off. xx
  15. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Well I had a phone call today re: the ESA, and they are happy for me to have a paper copy of the form rather than do it over the phone which is great, at least I am not put on the spot forcing me to forget things and get tongue far, so good!! ;)
  16. Jessica1

    Jessica1 Moderator

    Great news Tracy - I'm pleased for you. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that you get the outcome you deserve.
    Lots of luck,
  17. MountainbikeLynne

    MountainbikeLynne Registered

    That's one positive step Tracy - here's hoping the rest are equally as positive!

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
  18. greenhaggis

    greenhaggis Registered


    Remember to write in pencil 1st, then once happy go over in black ink ;).
  19. Fiona30ni

    Fiona30ni Registered

    Tracey if ya need any help pm me cause I completed ESA50 in july last year and also been through medical. Take your time filling the form in. There is a website has some good advice. I joined btw.

  20. TracyJN

    TracyJN Registered

    Thanks Lynne x

    Thanks Lesley, good tip, hope you're doing okay...aren't you due to have surgery round about now? Sorry, I know you told me when but my memory isn't great! x

    Thanks Fiona, yes I joined that website too. I am also going to attempt to get middle rate care DLA instead of low rate as I need a lot more help than when I got the award. I'll def PM you if I get stuck!! x

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