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  1. Hello. I will try and be as brief as I can as this follows on from a thread I posted in the employment section which has now been resolved so I won’t go in to any details. I resigned and get full pay for the whole of November as well as full pay (Gardening leave) for December. Overall this was the right thing to do for me based on the likely outcome. My full pay went in today and will also do so for December as confirmed by HR. I resigned on medical grounds as my A&D got a lot worse and have been to the GP about this and all disciplinary action against me has been dropped. If DWP write to my employers or indeed another employer writes to them there will be no 'resigned under investigation' mandated. Now, I am in a UC area but was advised I should reapply for ESA and HB. I will only get ESA if my condition has got worse, I am seeing my GP again on Friday to discuss this. If my ESA claim fails it will be Universal Credit where I get a lot less. When I previously signed on and claimed HB my total payment was around £660pm. Under UC it seems I can only claim shared bedroom rate as I live at home with parents (private rent 2 bed) so my UC rate is around £580pm (used an on line calculator) This would leave me a shortfall of rent and leave me very short as the rest of my rent (50/50 with parents) would need to come out of my JSA element of UC. I also understand that if you voluntarily resign the JSA element of UC would carry a sanction but as I intend to claim ESA and HB initially based on medical reasons (I have sick notes and will get an updated one this week) I do not think there is any sanction, however, if my ESA claim fails and I do have to claim UC (housing and JSA elements) even if I am looking for some form of work based on my health and demeanour at the moment and my resignation being on health grounds I also do not think I should have a sanction held against me as I still have rent and bills to pay. If I do not get ESA and have to claim UC is there any discretionary top up I can claim? If not I guess this is all my fault anyway and I will have to suffer and get on to gas and electric, credit card, SKY etc. and reduce payments and make a 'deal' with them until I can start paying more again. I have no savings either. Can someone also advise that if I am paid my salary on Dec 16th taking me to Jan 16th at what point should claim my ESA and HB or UC? As it takes 6 weeks can I claim anytime soon citing I am no longer employed from the end of December and funds run out on Jan 16th so that I can get my payments sooner rather than later? If I have nothing for 6 weeks (is it backdated?) not sure how I am going to pay my rent or bills! In addition to all of this I also have an overpayment of £1100 working tax credits to pay back but when I spoke to them about this they said recovery is based on circumstances and won'tbe until the next financial year anyway Many thanks in advance
  2. Update Finally sorted with the best outcome possible. I resigned and get full pay for the whole of November as well as full pay (Gardening leave) for December. Overall this was the right thing to do for me based on the likely outcome. My full pay went in today and will also do so for December as confirmed by HR. I resigned on medical grounds as my A&D got a lot worse and have been to the GP about this and all disciplinary action against me has been dropped. If DWP write to my employers or indeed another employer writes to them there will be no 'resigned under investigation' mandated. Now, I am in a UC area but was advised I should reapply for ESA and HB. I will only get ESA if my condition has got worse, I am seeing my GP again on Friday to discuss this. If my ESA claim fails it will be Universal Credit where I get a lot less. When I previously signed on and claimed HB my total payment was around £660pm. Under UC it seems I can only claim shared bedroom rate as I live at home with parents (private rent 2 bed) so my UC rate is around £580pm (used an on line calculator) This would leave me a shortfall of rent and leave me very short as the rest ofmy rent (50/50 with parents) would need to come out of my ESA or JSA element. If I do not get ESA and have to claim UC is there any dicretionary top up I can claim? If not I guess this is all my fault anyway and I will have to suffer and get on to gas and electric, credit card, SKY etc and reduce payments and make a 'deal' with them until I can start paying more again. I have no savings either. Can someone also advise that if I am paid my salary on Dec 16th taking me to Jan 16th when I should claim my ESA and HB or UC? As it takes 6 weeks can I claim anytime soon citing I am no lonnger employed from the end of December and funds run out on Jan 16th so that I can get my payments sooner rather than later? If I have nothing for 6 weeks (is it backdated?) not sure how I am going to pay my rent or bills! Please move/duplicate on benefits forum if better, thanks.
  3. I actually think they would dismiss me as it is a serious DPA breach which they are hot on at the moment. Also, I feel my position and trust (even though colleagues do not know anything) would be awkward and some what untenable
  4. Hi all. Well I am back - it was an investigatory meeting and not a hearing - basically it lasted about an hour and I was presented with evidence of the files I had looked at (no arguments from me) and asked if I wanted to say anything. I said I had no mitigation and was unethical and stupid rather than malicious. The meeting was just me, HR and my boss. I was sick all morning but they put me at ease saying although it was serious they were not there to make me feel bad but to discuss the facts so I calmed down during the meeting and was told to take breaks if |I needed. Basically I was told that as it was a DPA breach the likelihood would be it would go to a hearing - this would be in around a week once a report was written. The hearing when then decide the outcome and I was told dismissal was an option which I understood and said I understand they are only following protocol. I asked the question about resignation - they said if I wanted to choose this route I could and the suspension would stop at that point and go no further and I would get my holiday pay and any pay for the notice period but be on suspension and not working until the formal leaving date. I was also told I could contact HR and theemployee assistance line if I needed. After thinking about it, and needing a clean reference I have decided that my chances are not good and will be taking this option before a hearing so I am suspended on full pay until next week sometime. Some questions: What should I put in my resignation letter as the reason for resigning? I obviously need to claim Universal Credit so want tominimise any sanction period for JSA although this will not affect my housing benefit At what point should I claim UC? Once I have resigned or once my notice period has run out? What happens to debt and benefits when voluntarily resigning? I owe about £3k on credit cards I actually feel slightly relieved and as a past sufferer of anxiety and depression I don't think I could take a formal hearing and being ill and dismissed and not having a reference to fall back on. Advice welcome. Thanks.
  5. Hi all an update. My boss called me today and invited me to a meeting at head office which is not where I work so keeping it away from the people I work with which I guess is fair. Now, I don't want to be overly cocky about anything but this invite - do they have to put this in writing and also outline the reason I am being asked to attend? They briefly said what it was about face to face a couple of weeked ago when I was suspended on full pay but since then apart from a letter stating I was suspended on full pay pending investigations I have had nothing else sent to me for me to prepare what I want to say and bring up. I will obviously go to this meeting but should the worse happen is this a case of not allowing me to prepare fully by not sending me anything in advance?
  6. hi all new here and ina state of panic and anxiety. I worl for an organisation using various files for various staff and client files. the files are in folders called 'cofidential to (department name) staff' which I have access to. Over a period of time I accessed others personnel records such as appraisals folders labelled private and confidential and alsthough I was stupid and had no need to look at them I did (which I regret) which left an audit trail to me being caught accessing them. whilst I was stupid and admitted being stupid when suspended I did mention that although I was in the wrong like my files I put in this folder that I password protect surely having access to these records and them not being protected or stored in inaccessible folders was a breach on the company and the individuals storing them there I know I am in the wrong and am awaiting my disciplinary and worried I will of course lose my job and even if I keep it my relationships with people are burnt. Should the worse happen would I be better off offering my resignation to get a reference for potential new employers? Also are the company at fault for not having personnel files locked/encrypted and accessible (I am not ecusing what |I done|) thank you regards very worried
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