I have been off work since last October with cancer. I was part time before working 3ays. I was hoping to do a phased return to work from Christmas time (I am currently still receiving treatment) However Ive been told that I will not be paid at all for any thing I work until I am back up to my full hours so if I want to do a phased return (which is essential after my illness) I will have to do so without pay. This also means that the little "benefits" we receive will be lost from the first day I return too. I didn't expect to be lucky enough to be back on my full pay but expected to be paid for the actual days I worked. I am now really worried that I'll have childcare costs for the days I do work, will loose money anyway from esa and won't get paid anything at all.