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ESA 7 years 8 months ago #14752

Hello all,
a question for a friend, please.
Can you can ESA is you are signed off from work and receiving ssp?
My friend has been off work for 8 months from the fire service and is now on half pay and really struggling to get by.
My feeling is that he cant claim anything whilst still receiving ssp.
any advice would be appreciated
Thanks again
Cline

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Re:ESA 7 years 8 months ago #14756

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CLINE wrote:

Hello all,
a question for a friend, please.
Can you can ESA is you are signed off from work and receiving ssp?
My friend has been off work for 8 months from the fire service and is now on half pay and really struggling to get by.
My feeling is that he cant claim anything whilst still receiving ssp.
any advice would be appreciated
Thanks again
Cline


Hi,

I have a feeling you are confusing SSP with Contractual (sometimes called Occupational) Sick Pay.

In normal circumstances one can claim SSP for a maximum of 28 weeks. When SSP runs out the employer should give the claimant a form called an SSP1 which can be used to claim ESA.

It depends on his National Insurance Record whether he can claim Contributory ESA, or claim the means tested Income Related ESA. One then goes through the normal ESA claim process such as medicals, WFI's etc (even though still employed in this case).

So, in short, he needs to put in a claim for ESA if he is still unfit for work once his SSP has run out.

Contractual sick pay is a seperate matter. Most jobs within Public Service (after so many qualifying years) give six months full pay, followed by six months half pay. This is as per his contract with his employers. Sometimes this can exceed the applicable amount for 'means tested' Income Related ESA though.

Regards

Pete

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Re:ESA 7 years 8 months ago #14994

Thank you for the reply and clearing that up
Very grateful as always for your input
Cline

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