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if I resign from my current employer will this affect my universal credit?

BexJCrav29 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited May 2022 in Work and employment
Hello all! 
I’m pretty new to the forum and I’m going to apologise in advance for the somewhat lengthy post.

Basically, in July 2021, I was on holiday and had a fall, causing 3 slipped discs. Fast forward 10 months and I have considerable amount of nerve pain to the point I can’t walk some days and other days I have to use a walking stick or lift heavy things anymore. From July to Feb I was receiving SSP from my employment because my job involves a lot of heavy lifting as well as ALOT of walking. They’re unable to offer me lighter duties and have recently gave me the ultimatum of reign or go through occupational health. When I chose the occupational health route, they’ve now told me that because I’m on a zero hours contract and that I’ve received the max amount of SSP from them that occupational health isn’t cost effective. Meanwhile, because I’m in a zero hours contract, I have been claiming Universal Credit to top of my wages since the start of the pandemic, but, due to my injury, last month I was told by universal credit that I have limited capability to work.

My question is this: if I resign from my current employer (because the likelihood of me going back to the job is looking slimmer as the days go on), will this affect my universal credit as I would have voluntarily left employment? 

Just for added context, I‘m 29 years old and currently taking Tramadol and Amitriptyline for the pain. 

Thank you in advance and again, sorry for the LONG post. 


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Community member Posts: 21,964 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    You say you have been classified as limited capability to work is this j6st that or limited capability to work and work related activity 

    If the latter you have no work requirements as far as uc is concerned if only lcw you just need to complete any work commitments agreed by your coach 

    As for resigning you are not leaving voluntarily you are leaving due to medical capability.  I wouldn't resign personally I would force their hand to dismiss you on medical grounds 

    For employment advice have a look on the acas website 
  • Biblioklept
    Biblioklept Community member Posts: 4,192 Disability Gamechanger
    If you have lcw you have no work commitments on UC just maybe work prep so you can quit without them worrying about you voluntarily leaving employment but i think it is always better not to quit. Have you decided what you will do?
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
    artsemlaz said:
    Thanks for the info guys, resigning from your current employer may have implications for your Universal Credit (UC) eligibility and payments
    This thread is 16 months old.


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