If you have to finish work due to ill health, then you may be able to make a claim for New Style Contribution Based Employed and Support Allowance (NSESA). You will need to obtain a fit note from your GP giving details of why you are no longer fit for work and will then need to make a claim by telephone or online – details of how to do so can be found online at gov.uk. If you are still employed and receiving statutory sick pay, then you can apply for NSESA up to 3 months before your SSP ends and you will then start getting NSESA as soon as your SSP ends.
You will initially receive an assessment phase rate of NSESA paid fortnightly and you will be asked to undergo a work capability assessment which involves completing a form and undergoing a medical assessment. After 13 weeks of the assessment phase rate provided your work capability assessments are concluded, you should receive a decision from the DWP about your ability to work. You should contact us for advice at this point as you may need to challenge any unfavourable decision and we can also check that the decision that has been made is appropriate.
Depending on any other income or capital that you may have, then your NSESA can be topped up with Universal Credit.
Please contact us for advice before making any claim so we can advise you appropriately.