I started back to work on a permitted work scheme, which is for those of us who have been on long term sick but are looking to get back to work. It means you can work no more than 15hrs and still receive incapacity benefit.
I arranged a back to work programme with my employer, I have been working 3 mornings, I have had to change departments because i could not manage my old job.My employer has been very understanding.
I contacted the working tax credit office to inform them that my hours have reduced, they informed me I was no longer entitled to claim,so they stopped my money (£2350 per year)!
I tried to enquire which other benefit I was entitled to but was told because I was working(!) and claiming incapacity benefit I wasn't entitled to anything else!!
I then received a letter on Friday informing me they have STOPPED my incapacity benefit, because they say I am fit to work!!!
SO IN TOTAL THEY HAVE STOPPED £132 PER WEEK-JUST LIKE THAT,NO WARNING!
I have always wanted to get back to work,its not that I don't want to work, its just at the moment I am not able to work full time.
What I can't understand is why I had more benefit when I was working more hours, and then loose everything when I drop my hours???It doesn't make sense.
My doctors are absolutly furious and have written letters for my appeal. I had to see my GP today because I am so down and can't sleep. He has now signed me off work indefinately.
I just feel as though I am being penalised for being ill,as if I haven't been through enough, I now have the worry and stress of how I look after my family and keep a roof over our heads
Any advice greatly appreciated