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TOPIC: PIP or Blue Badge at Risk from Potential New Job ?

PIP or Blue Badge at Risk from Potential New Job ? 3 months 1 week ago #196351

Hi

I have a Blue Badge and PIP Higher Rate. I have not been able to work for many years.
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I am becoming frustrated with life without much social interaction and want to feel a bigger part of the community. A chance for a part-time role in a shop has come up...at this stage I do not know how flexible or accommodating they will be to my disability - restricted mobility with very short walking possible and needing more frequent breaks etc...likely to be 90% sit-down role though.

What I am worried about is that I am unsure if I can cope . On top of that I am worried that they could take away my Blue Badge and PIP Higher Rate if I start work even if many accommodations are made for me by the employer and it is mainly sit down.

Would I need to inform DWP regardless ? What is the likely outcome ?

I do not want to take a huge risk and lose the small stability I have in my life but inactivity is causing depression :-(

Please advise.

Many thanks

T

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PIP or Blue Badge at Risk from Potential New Job ? 3 months 1 week ago #196366

tomhass

I'm afraid there is no good answer to this.

You do not need to tell the DWP that you are working if PIP is the only benefit that you are receiving, but it may not be to your advantage if you do and there are subsequent issues with your claim!

You really need to decide whether the work you are thinking of doing is compatible with the limitations that have made your PIP award possible, there is also the issue of whether those limitations have improved allowing you to consider the work, an improvement would need to be notified to the DWP and would almost certainly result in a reassessment of your claim.

Gordon

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PIP or Blue Badge at Risk from Potential New Job ? 3 months 1 week ago #196370

Just thought I would reply to this as been thinking similar and wanted to mention there are disability elements for people working 16 hrs (or more) via the tax credits system. You can do a tax credits calculator online. However this system is being replaced by universal credit so it may depend on whether you are able to make a new claim or not. There is supposed to be some transitional protection for those on these disability elements going over the UC, but it seems UC does not contain the same elements. Sorry it is really confusing, but this is the gist of it.

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PIP or Blue Badge at Risk from Potential New Job ? 3 months 1 week ago #196409

Many thanks for the responses.

It seems far too risky to try the new job - even if I fail to cope and leave the company, with even daring to try the new job they may judge my condition to have changed and then I am stuffed with little to live on and have to reapply within a non-consistent PIP system.

I assume even if I do not declare the new job that the taxman and DWP share databases and eventually they would question what I am doing even though minimal hours etc.

So much for encouraging us back into the workplace where possible ! Just the opposite.

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PIP or Blue Badge at Risk from Potential New Job ? 3 months 1 week ago #196412

Many thanks for the replies. I think it is too risky to try for the job. In a non-consistent PIP world who knows if I would get it back.

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