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TOPIC: Taken off IS to go on ESA but now pregnant...

Re:Taken off IS to go on ESA but now pregnant... 7 years 3 weeks ago #12924

I clearly now need specialist advice...who best to contact? I live in the Elmbridge Borough of Surrey. Thank you in advance!
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Re:Taken off IS to go on ESA but now pregnant... 7 years 3 weeks ago #12957

helishangel wrote:
I clearly now need specialist advice...who best to contact? I live in the Elmbridge Borough of Surrey. Thank you in advance!

I agree that you require some face-to-face advice.

Take a look at the following website Community Legal Advice.
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Last Edit: 7 years 3 weeks ago by Crazydiamond. Reason: Corrected info.
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Re:Taken off IS to go on ESA but now pregnant... 7 years 3 weeks ago #12963

Would you want to? Would it give you as much money? Check out the rates before arguing the toss with the DWP.
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Re:Taken off IS to go on ESA but now pregnant... 7 years 3 weeks ago #12969

Thanks so much! I called and spoke to someone at Community Legal Advice. They said it is do-able to re-apply for Income Support (they think as things have changed so much even in the last 2 weeks?) and clearly I wouldn't like to take a dip in money but neither do I need the continued stress of health assessments and work focused interviews over and over again. This at a time that clearly isn't right for me to be considering going back to work based on health issues and the fact that I'm pregnant. I don't particularly want to hand an infant over to a nursery as soon as it's born. I just find the whole bullying procedure to 'work work work' absolutely horrific. I will go back to gainful employment and training when the time is right. I can't say fairer than that. It is not that I don't want to in the long term. It's got me all so wound up and confused I could easily tell them to stuff the lot of it right now. Maybe that is what they hope some people will do anyway! :(
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Re:Taken off IS to go on ESA but now pregnant... 7 years 3 weeks ago #12970

helishangel wrote:
Thanks so much! I called and spoke to someone at Community Legal Advice. They said it is do-able to re-apply for Income Support (they think as things have changed so much even in the last 2 weeks?) and clearly I wouldn't like to take a dip in money but neither do I need the continued stress of health assessments and work focused interviews over and over again. This at a time that clearly isn't right for me to be considering going back to work based on health issues and the fact that I'm pregnant. I don't particularly want to hand an infant over to a nursery as soon as it's born. I just find the whole bullying procedure to 'work work work' absolutely horrific. I will go back to gainful employment and training when the time is right. I can't say fairer than that. It is not that I don't want to in the long term. It's got me all so wound up and confused I could easily tell them to stuff the lot of it right now. Maybe that is what they hope some people will do anyway! :(

Pleased to hear that you managed to speak to someone at Community Legal Advice, and they were able to deal with your enquiry by telephone.

Although we deal with Income Support on the grounds of disability in the forum, it does not extend to Income Support where a claim is possible from a lone parent as the qualifying rules are different, particularly in view of the recent legislative changes made by the government.

The only cautionary note I would sound is to check to ensure that you are not (substantially) worse off as has been wisely mentioned in Survivor's post, if you decide to transfer from ESA to IS?
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