I am writing looking for help to figure out a way forward for our family.
My wife was a healthy hard working sales person up until a few months after our youngest child was born and something changed to the point where she couldn't cope mentally with much on a day to day basis.
I earn an average wage and work fulltime, my wife is still getting help from her psychiatrist and GP for Bipolar disorder and I am feeling the pressure trying to cope with a lot while holding down my job.
But it's not about me & part of my wife's illness means she does not cope ith change and tends to ignore things that are happening including the benefit changes that the government introduced this week. Now we find there is no more ESA coming in and after a fretful week, I need to help trying to figure out the way to turn.
My wife was on the Work related activity group, but thinking about it now and after reading more about it - my wife should have been on the Support Group option. I checked the online Work Capability Assessment and it agrees with me.
My question is more specific.....My wife's ESA has now stopped so how can I apply for it again with a view to getting my wife onto the Support Group? New rules suggest my wife cannot reapply now because her contributions for the past two years are not enough for her to apply again for 104weeks. My salary does not allow us to apply for the Income Related option.
Thanks for your advice, I'm at my wits end trying to cope with reducing our household income of circa £400 per month!