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Concerned about the future

Due to severe osteoarthritis in my neck I have now been advised not to do any work that includes lifting by my Dr. I lost my job at the beginning of the lockdown and I can't think of any job that I am qualified to do that doesn't include lifting. I have been helping my friend with her jam business, however even a couple of hours chopping fruit gives me several days of pain.
I don't know if my osteoarthritis is bad enough to get some form of disability allowance. I'm getting scared about how I can cover my bills. I'm currently on job seeker's allowance, but that stops in October. I would appreciate any help or guidance. Thanks


  • ChrisKChrisK Posts: 152 mod

    Hi @Nickyc

    I have just read you recent post and have attached a link to a Versus Arthritis booklet on pain in case there is something in there which may help you:

    I have also included our Versus Arthritis freephone helpline no. 0800 5200 520. Here you can speak to a person one to one. They will probably be able to help you with regards with your entitlement to disability benefits and other things that could help you.

    . Did your doctor give you any idea of what you can do if you can not work. Might it be advisable to see another GP for a second opinion because he might be able to point you in another direction.

    Looking forward to reading future posts and to hear how you are getting along.

    Best wishes


  • BrynmorBrynmor Posts: 820 admin

    Hello @Nickyc - Just following up on your query regarding disability allowance.

    Our general guide to Financial Support covers a range of topics with links to further information on Disability Living Allowance and also Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

    As @ChrisK says, contacting the Helplines may also prove to be useful in pointing you to other support services that are appropriate to you.

    Best wishes


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