HI Catseyes, I went from being a full time carer for my disabled husband, we mutually agreed to eparate/divorce, to being unemployed, then I had the jobs doing care work as mentioned above, and then back to claiming JSA again, until the pressure became so much, applying for job after job and being turned down, I was often sending off 2-3 apps a week.
I was getting stressed and depressed, and my boyfriend advised me to go to the doctors and get signed off sick, about three weeks later my gynae prob came to light. I'm of sick awaiting diagnosis. My counsellor also reckons I could be suffering PTSD, posibly due to past events in my life and also this daily pain caused by this gynae prob.
I know my ex was medically retired, as his union rep advised him to go of sick, he had the beginnings of progressive MS, as otherwise his manager would try and presure him into accepting voluntary redundancy.
I know form his experience that your employer CANNOT sack you or force you to accept voluntary redundancy whilst off sick. This was back in '94, I take it that law still stands. I know you're not a train driver, but I could maybe ask my ex (we remain friends) to ask one of the ASLEF reps
If you're not well enough to continue working I would claim SSP, until that runs out and then apply for Incapacity Benefit, depending on your NI contributions also apply for Income Support due to incapacity. That's what one of the Jobcentre staff advised me to do, if you can't claim IB, then depending on how much income is coming into your household, I don't see they can refuse IS, unless for example you've a millionare husband, (unlikely I know).
I've been mad for years, absolutely f**king years
BRING OUR TROOPS HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN NOW!!!!!