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Hi, im shameus03. Can I become self employed + still claim PIP?

shameus03shameus03 Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited November 2020 in PIP, DLA and AA
I’m currently in receipt of pip and am looking at becoming self employed can I still claim pip?


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome.

    Lots of people claim PIP and work. Providing the work you do doesn't contradict the reasons why you're claiming PIP there shouldn't be any problems at all. PIP also isn't means tested so doesn't affect the amount you can claim.

    However, working may affect any other benefits you may already be claiming.
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  • chiariedschiarieds Member Posts: 7,918 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @shameus03 - & welcome to the community. Yes, you can still claim PIP & work, but be aware that any job you do, if this contradicts what you've stated in a PIP claim form, may go against you in the future.
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,334

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    Hello @shameus03 and welcome to our community.

    I'm glad you found us and i hope the advice you have kindly received helped!

    I've moved your post over to our PIP, DLA and AA discussion board so it can help others with the same question in the future too.  Be sure to ask anything else you might be wondering about while you are here and I hope you have a great day.
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  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 4,010

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    Welcome to the community @shameus03 :) Let us know if you have any further questions!
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  • LuckeeBlackCat1LuckeeBlackCat1 Member Posts: 21 Listener
    Yes, regardless of unemployment, employment, or self employment you can claim PIP. 
    But be careful if you receive ESA etc that's means tested and DWP know you became self employed. 
    Speak to Jobcentre work coach and do Permitted Work sd self employed within the limit of working hours of week, how much you earn. Talk to agency. 
    I fancy Permitted Work as self employed but I sm in Support Group of ESA and recently my mobility in new PIP slashed so until Mandatory Reconsideration review I will stay self isolation. Good luck to you. 
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,105

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    Good point @LuckeeBlackCat1, while PIP isn't means tested it's always worth pointing out that other benefits will be impacted by employment and other factors.

    Welcome to the community @shameus03 :) 
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