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TOPIC: Skills for employment

Skills for employment 2 weeks 3 days ago #174295

I have recently been informed by the DWP that my next medical isnt for another 2 yrs, which i was surprised to hear.Its 3 yrs this month since i last won my appeal, so thought i would be due one.
Even though my consultant says i am "not fit for work" I am thinking about gaining some new skills for when I am.This could mean voluntary work for a few hours each day,learning new skills etc.I have made myself an appointment at the "Work Company" part of the Skills for Employment, but I am now wondering if somehow this will cause the DWP to bring my medical forward. I have expressed my fears to the Work Company who assure me that they are totally independent from the Job Centre and DWP .Can anyone please advise?

Thanks in advance
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Skills for employment 2 weeks 2 days ago #174331

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There are two issues to be aware of.

It's only voluntary work if the job has no prospect of payment, some jobs are unpaid but would normally be paid if done by an employee and therefore are not counted as voluntary. If it's not voluntary then it would come under the heading of Permitted Work. Usually work for a charity is classed as voluntary.

The work must not contradict the limitations that you stated on your ESA50, as a deliberately silly example; if you took work serving in a charity shop and you have Social Anxiety then this would be seen as contradictory.

Starting Voluntary of Permitted Work should not result in a reassessment being started, but those assessing you will know about the work (certainly any PW) and will consider it as part of the assessment.

Although you are not specifically required to inform the DWP if you start Voluntary work it may be worth you doing so to prevent problems. You have to tell them about PW.

Gordon
Nothing on this board constitutes legal advice - always consult a professional about specific problems
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Skills for employment 2 weeks 2 days ago #174343

Who is this work company? I'm very,very interested as I'm missing working!
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Skills for employment 2 weeks 2 days ago #174432

Thanks Gordon for your advice, much appreciated
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Skills for employment 2 weeks 2 days ago #174433

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