I had to give up work in 2012 due to Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, spinal fusion, widespread osteoarthritis and chronic pain. I worked and paid NI since 19 yrs old. Due to Husband working, owning my home after paying into the system I get the wrong type of ESA and lack of benefits! I have to pay for prescriptions, Dental, Council Tax etc and DON'T qualify for Warm Home Discount. Being cold causes me agony. Its an unfair system, I spend a quarter of my annual income on energy AND BLANKETS.