Employment and Support Allowance is the main out of work benefit for people with M.E.
To some extent it has been absorbed into Universal Credit, and this guide from Ann Innes (Welfare Adviser to the ME Association) will explain all you need to know in order to make an application.
The authoritative guide features many tips relevant to someone with M.E. that should be considered when completing the application forms:
“Think about the questions in the context of a work setting – working 16 hours or more a week. Remember, the DWP are assessing your ability to carry out any type of work, not
just your previous job.
“In such a context, you would be expected to carry out each descriptor regularly, reliably, repeatedly and safely, within a reasonable timescale, without significant discomfort and
to an acceptable standard.
“It must also apply for either most of the time, or the majority of the occasions that someone attempts that descriptor…”
Applying for benefits still seems like a postcode lottery despite government assurances to the contrary. We hope that with this guide you will stand a better chance of success.
The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.
Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.