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TOPIC: sick notes for pip

sick notes for pip 1 month 3 days ago #204615

Hi, I am working part time and was receiving DLA for mental health conditions but have now been asked to apply for PIP. I am still working part time but finding it a struggle and am off sick all the time. Should I send in sick notes as evidence for PIP or will this go against me ? Thank you

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sick notes for pip 1 month 3 days ago #204645

Noodles

PIP is not an "in work" benefit so I'm afraid a Fit Note will be of no value in regard your being moved to PIP.

Please make sure you are using our PIP Claim guide to help you complete the PIP2.

Even though you are signed off sick at the moment you will need to explain how you manage to work despite your limiations, otherwise those assessing you will make assumptions about your capabilities.

Gordon

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sick notes for pip 1 month 3 days ago #204647

Hi Thanks for that...can you just clarify a few points? Can I still work part time and claim PIP as you say its not an "in work" benefit? (On DLA I could still work and get PIP)
Do I have to disclose specifically that I am in work when applying for PIP? I work part time from home and work around my disabilities. Thank you

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sick notes for pip 1 month 3 days ago #204652

noodles1967 wrote: Hi Thanks for that...can you just clarify a few points? Can I still work part time and claim PIP as you say its not an "in work" benefit? (On DLA I could still work and get PIP)
Do I have to disclose specifically that I am in work when applying for PIP? I work part time from home and work around my disabilities. Thank you


Like DLA, PIP claimants can work full time providing their doing so is not at odds with their claim.

You are not required to inform the DWP that you are working, they may already know via HMRC or your DLA claim and it can count against you if you do not inform them and there are concerns raised about your eligibility.

Gordon

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sick notes for pip 1 month 3 days ago #204657

I am a little confused....You say that you are not required to inform the DWP that you are working....but then you say it can count against me if I dont inform them? I dont pay tax as I earn too little. I am on other benefits such as Working tax credit and housing benefit, so would they already know? My point is, do I specifically need to tell them that I am working on the PIP form? Sorry to repeat myself, I just dont want to get into trouble by not disclosing that I am working, but then I dont want that to mislead them into thinking that I am OK. LIke I said, I work around my disabilities and I havent worked consistently since August 2017 as I have been off sick so much.
Thank you for your patience :)

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sick notes for pip 1 month 3 days ago #204665

Noodles

They may know about your working as HMRC (Tax Credits) and your Local Authority (HB) report this to the DWP.

I know that you will find this frustrating but I can only repeat my previous answer about whether you need to inform them or not, this is a decision that you must make for your self as it has implications to your claim if you do and if you don't.

If you do then your working will be considered as part of the assessment.

If you don't and concerns are subsequently raised over your eligibility then the DWP may treat you more harshly.

Gordon

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