Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
As I understand current regulations on work while claiming ESA a claimant has to fill out a PW1 (also referred to as PW1 ESA) form. In my current professional role I am often required to assist clients to fill out various benefit forms, it is therefore helpful to me and others who have similar roles to know what information various forms ask for. To date I have been unable to acquire a blank PW1 form as it does not appear to be published on any DWP websites.
Could you please:
1 Tell me where a PW1 form can be found in the public domain in electronic form, or
2 If there is no answer to 1 can you provide a copy of this form
3 Can you advise if any policies or instructions to DWP staff exist that require the suspension of ESA payments when a PW1 form is requested (I have heard anecdotal evidence suggesting that claims are suspended when a PW1 form is requested and this is the reason for it not being readily available) could you confirm or deny this - if such policy does exist can you provide copies of it.
4 Following from Q3 can you confirm or deny and/or provide relevant documents regarding the suspension of ESA payments pending a decision by a DM upon receipt by the DWP of a completed PW1 from a claimant.
5 If payments are suspended as a matter of course or policy following either the request for a PW1 by a claimant (as in Q3) or following the receipt by DWP of a PW1 (as in Q4) is there a procedure to check if the form has been filled out in relation to proposed or current employment or is it left to a D.M. i.e. could a claimant have their ESA suspended either as the result of requesting a PW1 or as the result of filing in a PW1 advising of proposed Permitted Working which has not yet begun.
6 If no such policies or staff instructions exist in relation to Q3 and Q4 can the DWP categorically state that ESA payments will not be suspended (obvioulsy assuming that all else remains the same) until a DM has decided that the work a claimant is doing is not Permitted Work and that the claimant is actually doing this work and receiving remuneration for it.
7 How many current DWP forms are not available in electronic form and is there a policy to decide which forms are and are not made available.
8 Is PW1 available from Job Centre Plus and can it be requested either by post or in person without the need to state your name.
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