16/17 year old PIP LCWRA

beyondthestars Posts: 52 Forumite
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edited 6 March 2023 at 1:55PM in Benefits & tax credits
My child is 16. (17 in June) Currently on a short course until end of May.
He is on PIP, high rate for both elements. No physical disability.
If he chooses not to go into an apprenticeship after the course or cannot cope in work, what are his opinions?
Can he have a low capacity work assessment whilst on this course ? 
Bearing in mind his PIP was awarded as a fully paper based assessment. I am his appointee.


  • born_again
    born_again Posts: 14,763 Forumite
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    This would be better in benefits section.
    Life in the slow lane
  • beyondthestars
    It's a disability specific money query 
  • poppy12345
    poppy12345 Posts: 18,087 Forumite
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    edited 4 March 2023 at 11:20PM
    If he's a full time student then he won't be able to claim Universal Credit. Are you living in England? If so then are you aware of the rules for under 18's?


    You can leave school on the last Friday in June if you’ll be 16 by the end of the summer holidays.

    You must then do one of the following until you’re 18:

    • stay in full-time education, for example at a college
    • start an apprenticeship or traineeship
    • spend 20 hours or more a week working or volunteering, while in part-time education or training
    If you're not living in England and he leaves full time education then he can claim Universal Credit in his own right. He will need to report his health condition when he claims and send a fit note within 7 days of that. He will then be referred for a work capability assessment. (usually on day 29 but can be later) If he's unable to manage his own UC claim then you can ask to become his appointee. Being his appointee for PIP will not apply to UC.

    kylorobes said:
    It's a disability specific money query 

    Agreed but sometimes it's better to post benefits questions on the benefits section because more members post on there. Though i've seen your question now and answered it.
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