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i am thinking of starting a business but worried

happyfella
happyfella Member Posts: 237 Pioneering
My life seems to be passing me by. My daughter has suggested i start a small business but i am worried.

I have had UC on my back for nearly a year now and i am having an assessment next month about my ability to work.

I have tried to explain to them but they are not listening that some days i cannot leave the house due to the amount of pain i am in. I have told them if i got a job in the normal world then i would be sakced within a week.

I explained to them that is because at work i could be in so much pain that i would need to come home. And, other days i would be phoning up sick because i would be in too much pain to go to work.

I am on full PIP which comes up for renewal next year. I am worried that if i try and get a part of my life back and start a business which would be like a blog or something similar working from home then i would be looked at different.

I am concerned that they would take my car aware which is a life saver for me and helps with my depression and as my councillor says is an important therapy tool.

I just do not know if it is worth starting a business to try and get some self respect back and then when it comes to my pip re-assessment they say, well you have started a business, so you do not need help from us.

My councillor thinks it would help with my depression. I really do not know what to do for the best

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,856 Disability Gamechanger
    edited January 6
    happyfella said:..when it comes to my pip re-assessment they say, well you have started a business, so you do not need help from us.
    PIP entitlement is not based on work, it is based solely on your ability to carry out the PIP activities to the required standard.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • happyfella
    happyfella Member Posts: 237 Pioneering
    calcotti said:
    happyfella said:..when it comes to my pip re-assessment they say, well you have started a business, so you do not need help from us.
    PIP entitlement is not based on work, it is based solely on your ability to carry out the PIP activities to the required standard.

    Thank you for that. I require constant support. However, a friend of mine who works at a hospital was talking to a woman who nearly died, a long story. She was on full PIP and she started a tiny business as she felt her days were wasted. When it came to her PIP renewal they took away her car and they put her on low for both.
    At her assessment according to my friend, they said to her that if she was capable of running a business then she was not as bad as she has claimed.
    This woman has nearly died three times in the past three years and is much worse than me. She struggles to walk.
    Although my councillor has said it would be good for me to do because it would help with my depression, she has said she is concerned how being stripped or losing my car because i went self employed would affect my depression.

    I am fed up of not doing much during the day. i want my self respect back as my illness has stripped me of that. I am in a catch 22 position
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,134 Disability Gamechanger
    It rarely does any good to take notice of "third" hand stories about PIP or any benefit as we are all different.
    Please be nice to new members 
  • bekindalways
    bekindalways Member Posts: 136 Courageous
    Hi @happyfella I'm not in a position to say whether you should or shouldn't set up your own business but with regards to PIP, you would need to look again at your application made for it, to ascertain if any aspect of it will contradict any work you undertake with that business.

    In a nutshell, if some of the aspects of the work you intend to do, show that you can perform a task that the PIP award states you can't then naturally questions will need to be asked, if they would in turn, reflect any points awarded on that basis.  

    Not sure if I have confused you there, because I confused myself....lol.

    There was a thread recently'ish where the OP was thinking of setting up a dog walking business. There was some super advice from others regarding this, which may help you.

    Can anyone @scope maybe provide @happyfella with a link to it?

    Good luck with your new venture and sending best wishes. Xx
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,675 Disability Gamechanger
  • bekindalways
    bekindalways Member Posts: 136 Courageous
    @chiarieds Thanks hun you're a star 🌟 
  • Garza
    Garza Member Posts: 149 Pioneering
    I think there may be quite a few people in the same situation on benefits, eager to contribute in some way but not able to do the 9-5 as it were, I hope you can figure something out that helps you with your depression and general health

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