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HiI had to give my job up because of my IBS/Anxiety.I had been off work since September 09. I went back to work for 2 weeks, and was terrible, so had to give my job up.Do you think I will be entitled to benefits?Any Help?Fiona
 

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Hi Fiona,This is a very contentious issue as the Benefits Agency are not easily persuaded as to someone's inability to work. I have not worked, because of my IBS, for almost 5 years - I receive benefits only due to my GP writing a letter of that made a health declaration as to my inability to work......under the instruction of my hospital specialist/gastroenterologist. Please note that this is not the 'automatic norm'. Even when benefit is paid, the Benefits Agency do not seem very keen or happy to do it - they perform their own medical examinations at regular intervals to justify what is going on; my last examination was by the ex-personal gastroenterologist to the late Queen Mother!To assess whether your case is considered eligable for a claim, I would have a word with your doctor - or ask for a referral which could provide the required assessment.I think because there is so much benefit fraud, there is a general reluctance to add even the genuine cases. Please don't be surprised if this entails an extended fight.Another thing to consider is whether your household income has dropped below the minimum for 'Supplementary Benefit'. Talking with your local benefits agency may be of help.Baz
 

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FionaI know the Citizens Advice Bureau can be of help with benefits also.But the advice baz22p has given is very good.I have not worked for over 10 years due to IBS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and i am getting Incapacity Benefit although they do not make it easy to claim for it,i have to fill in pages and pages of forms when i am due for a review then i am sent to see a Doctor who goes over it all and asks me about every aspect of my ill health and how it affects me.They can stop the benefit at any time if they think i am fit for work but i would certainly appeal against it.
 
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