When I was fifteen, in 1968, I ‘left’ Grammar School after a row with my headmistress, who knew nothing about teenagers, and I started work.
The Government and I had a contract – I would pay my National Insurance and, in return, I would receive FREE medical care for life and a pension at sixty years of age. I was also INSURED against illness or periods of unemployment.
I never had to claim unemployment benefits but, in 1996, I had a severe nervous breakdown and had to claim sickness benefit. It has taken sixteen years to get to where I am today, and it is only in the last seven or eight months that I finally got to the bottom of it all.
During my years as worker I always paid full stamp and tax. I didn’t mind paying either, as I believed it gave us the best medical care and welfare system in the world. From the cradle to the grave is how they put it.
NOW I’ve been told that not only can I not retire for another two and a half years, but My ESA is to be stopped in October. I guess I’ll be put on JSA, but I don’t know who would employ a woman with a sixteen year history of mental health issues! I am lucky in that I am almost recovered; if this had happened a year ago I would now be suicidal!
I was mis-sold this insurance (NI) and I am now wondering if I could sue the Government for breach of contract?