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Pip and pregnancy

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hhad1
hhad1 Community member Posts: 21 Connected
Hello my friend is currently pregnant and wishes to seek advice but struggles with online forums and how it all works so thought I'd ask for her. Basically she gets standard rate of £61.85 and at the time of this award worked full time in person at the office, since being pregnant she has struggled with fatigue, sickness and her thyroid disorder has gotten worse, she also recently got told by her Dr she needs to slow down as she appears to be stressed and she's struggling a bit with daily life at the moment and has had to switch to working from home. She was wondering whether its worth notifying/she legally has to notify pip of this change / pregnancy as she is wondering if shell get a higher rate or whether its more likely she could end up getting it taken away altogether. Thank you 

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  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
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    Pregnancy has nothing to do with PIP. If her Daily Living and Mobility activities have significantly changed (taking away her being pregnant) then a change of circumstances could be considered although I recommend you get expert advice on this beforehand because her award could be taken away all together even if she isn’t due a review yet:

    https://advicelocal.uk/
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    For a condition to be taken into account for PIP the condition has to have lasted for three months and be expected to continue for another 9 months. Pregnancy clearly can't fit within this timeframe so the impact of pregnancy itself cannot be taken into account.
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  • hhad1
    hhad1 Community member Posts: 21 Connected
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    calcotti said:
    For a condition to be taken into account for PIP the condition has to have lasted for three months and be expected to continue for another 9 months. Pregnancy clearly can't fit within this timeframe so the impact of pregnancy itself cannot be taken into account.
    Thank you, I did assume that pregnancy itself would not make any difference but I did not want to risk giving her the wrong advice so thanks for the clarification 
  • hhad1
    hhad1 Community member Posts: 21 Connected
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    bg844 said:
    Pregnancy has nothing to do with PIP. If her Daily Living and Mobility activities have significantly changed (taking away her being pregnant) then a change of circumstances could be considered although I recommend you get expert advice on this beforehand because her award could be taken away all together even if she isn’t due a review yet:

    https://advicelocal.uk/
    I thought as much but wanted to double check as I didn't want to steer her in the wrong direction but thank you for confirming what I already told her would likely be the case
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,981 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are welcome @hhad1. It is the very least you deserve.

    Please don’t hesitate to let us know if we can do anything else to support you. We are all here for you and listening to you :)

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