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A friend of mine who also receives ESA and PIP and I met for a catch up yesterday, she has not only taken her entire works pension pot, but has given notice at work as she has been off sick on zero pay now since May 2014 the following an unsuccessful Operation.
She is still claiming all her benefits, and called both ESA and PIP to tell them of her intentions, she intends to take early retirement from her work also, but I am really concerned as she told me that the jump sum of her pension that she will receive which is close to £25k, doesn't count in her claim for either benefit, they told her because it's a lump sum it doesn't count,but if it was a monthly payment also it would
What concerns me most is she seems to think she can carry on claiming ESA even after taking early retirement, she fully admits she is never going to be fit enough to work in the future, nor does her Dr think so, but surely if she retired she wouldn't be entitled to ESA, she is in the support group and told me she didn't bother to ask about the early retirement factor as by taking her pension pot early they should have known she wouldn't be returning to her job, she is 61 next month
I don't want her getting into trouble over this as she would be mortified to think she was doing something wrong in claiming money she's actually not entitled to, please help someone.
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