UK ONLY - Need help JSA - ESA Claim - Sick Note - HB.?

Hello, this is my first time posting a question on here so please go easy on me. A little bit about me and my back ground. I left school at 14 years old due to a moving home, bullying and lack of interest in the majority of subjects. Since the age of 15 I have always worked being employed until the age of 17 the self employed until March 2009 when my business felt the effects of the current economic downturn. I am now 26 years old. Since I became unemployed in March I have tried my best to find work without having to resort to benefits as this is a route I knew nothing about and personally did not want to explore. In my 20ish weeks of unemployment I contacted everyone I could think of who I thought may have had a position available for me to get back into work quickly. By week 20 I had been homeless for 18 weeks as I was unable to afford the rent and upkeep of my house. I have been residing with family and friends and finally once I had sold 99% of my worldly possessions and was down to my last £3.00 went to seek help from my local Citizens Advice Bureau they advised me to phone the JOBCENTRE and make a claim for JSA. I applied and was awarded JSA on the 17th of Aug 2009 I then began to search for accommodation as I was outstaying my welcome with family and friends. I have now found somewhere to live and have been awarded housing benifit and council tax benifit I have negotiated a smaller deposit with my land lord and convinced him to accept the rent 4 weeks in arrears as it will be paid to me as appose to rent in advance. The issue I have now is until a week ago I had not been to a doctor in nearly 10 years. After my recent health check and talking to the doctor we found a couple of things wrong with me one being a skin condition and serious depression that I have been dismissing for many years. My GP has now reffered me to a specialist for my skin problem and also to the local mental health service fo an assessment. Since my breakdown at the doctors I have not been focused and am now worried what will happen if I am no longer available for work. My doctor pointed out my mental health issuse but there was no mention of a sick note or anything like that just a referal and pescription. I am back at the doctors tomorrow and dont know what I should be asking for. I also dont know how the jobcentre will deal with me I am worried that if I tell them I am unavailable for work due to depressionthey will stop my benifit and in turn stop my housing benifit and council tax benifit. Please if anyone has been in this position or knows the anwser to my question please get intouch. Karen.

Asked By: Kaz - 9/5/2009
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I think you should wait until you have been assessed by the mental health people before you do anything, although it would do no harm if you contacted the job centre or in particular your personal advisor(who you see to sign on) and explain your story to them ,they should be able to advise you in the necessary steps to... More
Answered By: Rob - 9/5/2009
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The job centre have to take a doctors certificate seriously... More
Answered By: finglas9 - 9/5/2009
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