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Should I quit

CarolewCarolew Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited January 7 in Universal Credit
Hi all, I am new to the group and wanted advice. I am claiming UC and been awarded LCWRA, I am still receiving SSP from work but it is unlikely I will be able to return to that job as a care assistant as I now need care myself. If I were to resign from work would I be sanctioned by UC for handing my notice in. Thank you in advance Carolew 
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 6,143 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    I wouldn't advise to reign it could affect your benefits 

    Once your sap ends you may be entitled to more UC have you been sending your fit nots to DWP and recorded a medical condition on your application as this will prompt the work capability process 

    I would try find out your employers policy on dismissal due to I'll heath as some pay severance pay 

    Dont just resign your company should have a policy for dealing with employees who can no longer work due to health 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,189 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    Resigning won't affect your benefits in a bad way because you're already claiming UC and the LCWRA element. Although i wouldn't advise you to just resign.
    Community champion and 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.
  • CarolewCarolew Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi Janer1967, 

    Because I have been through the process of the assessment through UC they are already paying me more because they have found me to be LCWRA which means I don't have to send in my sick notes to DWP anymore.

    I have still been sending them to my place of work, but I will soon be coming to an end of my 28 weeks on the sick from work and my disabilities are not getting any better and I know I wouldn't be able to do that work  as I can't even stand unaided never mind drive myself to work.

    I just feel it is unfair of me to accept anymore statutory sick pay when I know I can't work. 

    I just wanted to know if UC would penalise me for quitting my job. I don't think they can as they have already found me to have Limited Capability for Work Related Activity.

    Thank you for your fast reply.


  • CarolewCarolew Member Posts: 5 Listener

    Hi poppy123456,

    Thank you for your quick response.

    I was thinking of quitting because I don't feel I should stay in a job I can no longer do. The company has been good to me and are not expecting me to quit but there is nothing in the company that they could offer me to do as an alternative. I can't even drive anymore and I'm thinking of selling my car as it is just sitting doing nothing.

    I didn't think UC could sanction me because I have proved myself to be LCWRA, I just needed advice and clarity.

    Thank you again
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 6,143 Disability Gamechanger
    I get where you are coming from but still wouldn't resign but of course that is up to you 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,189 Disability Gamechanger
    As i previously advised, you won't be sanctioned by DWP because you've already been assessed as having LCWRA.

    I would still advise you not to just quit your job without first getting some expert advice and we are not experts here and can't advise you to just quit your job.

    I'd advise you to speak to ACAS https://www.acas.org.uk/ as well as find your employers policy for dismisal due to ill health, as @janer1967 has advised and she has much more knowledge than i do regarding this.

    Community champion and 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.
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,747 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Carolew :) It looks like you've already received some good advice on UC, which has hopefully cleared things up a bit for you. Would you feel comfortable contacting ACAS as advised? 
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  • CarolewCarolew Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Hi Tori_Scope,

    Thank you for your welcome. As you have said yes I have received some good advice on UC. At the moment I think my next course of action is to phone my employers and have a chat with them about me resigning. If I think I need further advice I will then contact ACAS. I am under no pressure to resign I just think it's the right thing to do as I am now effectively housebound and only go out for hospital/doctor visits with someone to take me.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 22,189 Disability Gamechanger
    You shouldn't mention the word "resign" and see what they say. Although you are entitled to 28 weeks SSP.
    Community champion and 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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 2,159 Disability Gamechanger
    hi @Carolew welcome to scope how are you today? Have you looked into claiming PIP if you have care and/or mobility needs/issues?
  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 6,143 Disability Gamechanger
    I agree you should speak to your employer but say you think you are no longer able to return to work so what are your options ? 

    This is the best way for them to then explain 

    I'm not saying they haven't been good to you but it is your right as an employee to have your employment terminated due to ill  health and be compensated accordingly 
  • CarolewCarolew Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you all for all the advice, you have all pointed out relevant things I needed to know.
     Hello Woodbine, thank you for your post also, I do already receive PIP as well because of my health issues, but thanks for the thought.
    I will speak with my office tomorrow to gain more insight to my dilema.

    Thank you
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Community Team Posts: 2,747 Disability Gamechanger
    Let us know how you get on @Carolew :) 
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