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Hi, on PIP but want to drive a cab for work

ArchiksArchiks Member Posts: 5 Listener
Hi there, Im new to this and hoping I can get some advice. 
I am currently on standard daily living and higher mobility as part of my PIP.
I have been getting somewhat down recently being stuck at home all day and night and recently thought about doing some mini cab driving but I am scared this will affect my benefits. 
Will me driving a taxi make me lose my benefits?

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    People do work and claim PIP but if the work you do contradicts the reasons you're claiming PIP then this could go against you at your next re-assessment.

    Do you claim any other benefits?
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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,998 Disability Gamechanger
    On what basis are you receiving the mobility element? Planning and following or moving around? Plenty of good case law around now e.g. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d95cdede5274a70c9275a2d/CPIP_1094_2019-00.pdf but it’s one I’d recommend getting face to face advice on and that would include about the impact on ESA/UC etc.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    @DuffersMum as i previously advised on another thread, i claim Enhanced mobility and i drive, it's never gone against me.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • ArchiksArchiks Member Posts: 5 Listener
    @DuffersMum as i previously advised on another thread, i claim Enhanced mobility and i drive, it's never gone against me.
    What do you do for driving work?
  • ArchiksArchiks Member Posts: 5 Listener
    HI,

    People do work and claim PIP but if the work you do contradicts the reasons you're claiming PIP then this could go against you at your next re-assessment.

    Do you claim any other benefits?
     No other benefits no as my wife works. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Archiks said:
    @DuffersMum as i previously advised on another thread, i claim Enhanced mobility and i drive, it's never gone against me.
    What do you do for driving work?

    I never said i work, i said i drive and it's never gone against me.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • ArchiksArchiks Member Posts: 5 Listener
    On what basis are you receiving the mobility element? Planning and following or moving around? Plenty of good case law around now e.g. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/media/5d95cdede5274a70c9275a2d/CPIP_1094_2019-00.pdf but it’s one I’d recommend getting face to face advice on and that would include about the impact on ESA/UC etc.
    It’s more the walking up to 10 metres etc rather than the planning. My mind is ok it’s my physical in capabilities morr
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2019
    As you don't claim any other benefits then there's nothing stopping you from working bu my previous advice still stands. If the work you do contradicts the reasons for your PIP claim then it could go against you when you're next reviewed.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • ArchiksArchiks Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Archiks said:
    @DuffersMum as i previously advised on another thread, i claim Enhanced mobility and i drive, it's never gone against me.
    What do you do for driving work?

    I never said i work, i said i drive and it's never gone against me.
    Apologies I’ve always been told never to assume. It doesn’t make sense since I have a motability car which I need to get around. Why should me doing that part time affect my benefits? It’s crazy
  • cristobalcristobal Member Posts: 966 Disability Gamechanger
    edited December 2019
    @Archiks - never to assume is very good advice...

    However if you are driving regularly the assessor will assume that you can get in and out of a car, sit for long periods, have sufficient strength & manual dexterity to operate the controls, are alert and have good cognition/ hazard perception, be able to find your way from A to B, get out put fuel in and pay for it etc etc.

    For many people these might be quite reasonable assumptions but not everyone.

    It's  better to ask rather than assume but that's not what they do...

    Edit - IIRC the assessor assumed I walk to the kiosk to pay for petrol. I always do 'pay at pump' but was never asked about this. Neither was I asked why - i.e. to save queuing, or because I can't walk that far -which would have been useful to know, if she'd thought to ask me..
  • DuffersMumDuffersMum Member Posts: 119 Pioneering
    @DuffersMum as i previously advised on another thread, i claim Enhanced mobility and i drive, it's never gone against me.
    But I suspect you don’t drive for a living! I was unlucky, she twisted my words, next time I will rephrase my answers so they can’t do that.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,998 Disability Gamechanger
    I have had multiple clients over the last 6 years who drive for a living. Been no issue at all bar 1 case of someone working for the river.
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