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Questions in the Category: Pensions Ombudsman

Employment: Ill-Health Early Retirement

ME Essential Spring 2021

I am facing a big dilemma at work. I’m in my early fifties, have had ME for nearly seven years, and have managed to gradually return to part-time work. I normally enjoy my work but I’ve had real problems trying to obtain some reasonable modifications to the duties I perform. The occupational health department has been supportive but my employer has not been helpful. So I am now really struggling and considering whether I should consider taking early retirement on the grounds of permanent ill health. Is there any guidance you can offer on taking early retirement based on what I assume must be a situation that many other people with ME have to face at some point.

Charles Shepherd

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