Dear Mr Denning,This is not a family law question but maybe you could help me with it.I was made redundant 3 years ago after 26 years of employment with the same company and my job seekers allowance was stopped so have claimed no benefits for the last 2 and a half years. I have tried to find work but I have epilepsy and am very limited to what I can do as this also affects my short term memory and, to a certain extent, my concentration. I am coming to the end of what I received as redundancy payment and, as I have a mortgage to pay and a 13 year old child to support, I need to have some kind of income. My consultant neurologist has sent letters to the job centre advising them that she does not think I would be able to work again and for the last 3 years I have been volunteering as a carer at a day centre for people with MS.Could you please advise what benefits I am entitled to claim so that so that when I go back to the job centre I have all information to hand.Many thanks and best regards,Kay Gillott.
HiHave you claimed any disability allowances?Claire
Thank you for your prompt response.
I claim DLA for which I receive the lower band rate. I have not claimed anything else as some people tell me that epilepsy is a disbility and others tell me that it is not.
Many thanks and best regards,
HiYou can check out all the benefits that you can apply for herehttp://www.turn2us.org.uk/benefits_search.aspx?gclid=CLbfiZWM5LACFVQqfAodETLGUwYou also need to read this leaflet about Earnings and Support Allowancehttp://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dwp1001.pdfClaire
25 years experience of all aspects of family law
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).