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Post liver transplant.

liverbadliverbad Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hello every one. I am +3 months post liver transplant with slight kidney impairment and newly diagnosed diabetes type 2. My GP has referred me to a wellbeing class at my local sports centre to rebuild my muscles and increase strength and stamina. ( I have not been able to lift a finger for the past 3 years ) I am keen to get fit so I can become employed again.
Currently on ESA and PIP, do I need to inform ESA about the course or can I complete, apply for a job and then finish ESA?

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  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 6,189 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @liverbad

    Good evening I hope you have had a good day ????

    I'm very sorry that I haven't picked up your post until now.

    I will forward your post onto our Benefit Experts for you.

    Hi @BenefitsTrainingCo

    Can you please advise on this post ???

    Many thanks.
  • liverbadliverbad Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi Steve51. Sorry, but the site " Could not be reached " not sure of the problem. Thank you for trying.
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 6,189 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @liverbad

    I'm very very sorry but it normally works fine !!!!

    Please leave it with me a I will sort it out tomorrow.

    Many thanks.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 18,542 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    I would advice you to inform ESA, this way you don't have anything to worry about because all changes in circumstances MUST be reported. Good luck.
    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.
  • AlexAlex Scope Team Posts: 1,325 Scope community team
    Hi @liverbad and @steve51,

    I've moved this discussion to the Ask a benefits advisor category, so they can add their reply. 

    Thanks,
    Alex
  • steve51steve51 Community champion Posts: 6,189 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Alex and @liverbad

    Thank you very much for your help it's very much appreciated !!!!

    Many thanks.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Community champion Posts: 5,256 Disability Gamechanger
    Until your circumstances change, you are not required to report anything. -Hoping that you become fitter or even working toward becoming fitter via the wellbeing class, is speculation at this time.
    I really hope that you manage it, but do so in your own time and don't put additional pressure on yourself worrying about the DWP.

    CR 
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi liverbad,

    You don't have to tell the DWP about doing this course, you only need to tell them if/when your condition has improved and your functionality has improved. 
    You haven't said what group you are in for ESA - work-related activity group or support group. I am guessing you are in the support group or you would have had to attend the jobcentre for regular interviews and therefore would have been given a chance to discuss this with a personal adviser. 
    You sound like you are determined to get better and to get back to work which is a credit to you and I'm sure you'll get there with your positive attitude. All the best,

    Lee
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • liverbadliverbad Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thankyou all for your comments, i have taken onboard your advice.will get to work on this fitness regime and see how i go.

    Thankyou.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Good luck with it liverbadliverbad,

    As discussed above, there's nothing for you to report at the moment. If you do get to the point of trying work, remember that ESA can allow something called 'permitted work' which can help you stay on benefit whilst you try out working, depending on your hours and earnings.

    Otherwise, for ESA and PIP, unless your actual ability to do things changes, there is nothing for you to tell the DWP.

    Will
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • liverbadliverbad Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thankyou very much. I am currently trying a " Well being " course to improve my strength and fitness ( Or lack thereof ) it is hard going but " Permitted work" might be an option later as my fitness hopefully returns.

    Much appreciated.

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