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    ESA and working part-time?
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    • 17th May 11, 4:36 PM
    ESA and working part-time? 17th May 11 at 4:36 PM

    I am 25 years old and work part-time in a supermarket (12 hours per week or so). I am diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and ADHD, plus depression and anxiety. This impairs my ability to communicate and socialise, and my memory, concentration, etc. I currently receive DLA for the care my parents provide for me.

    While I can usually manage 12 hours, I don't feel like I could cope with working much more or even full-time. Working with people (customers and co-workers) is mentally/emotionally draining and I'm usually really fatigued at the end of my shift, which can sometimes trigger my depression. It usually takes a day or two to fully recover. I try to work because it forces me to be around people for a little while, so I'm not completely isolated. I don't usually go out to socialise much at all, except maybe once in a blue moon to the cinema or to my NAS support group.

    I was wondering if it would be worth applying for ESA? Or will they think if I can work 12 hours, then I can work full stop?

    I know there is "permitted work" up to 16 hours/95 per week, but is this any work, or some special Job Centre approved work?

    I did an online test and apparantly I scored 36, but that may be a bit much as I'm not sure I interpreted the questions properly. I've read a few guides though.

    The descriptors that I thought may apply to me are :-

    11. Learning tasks

    12. Awareness of everyday hazards (such as boiling water or sharp objects).

    Initiating and completing personal action (which means planning, organisation, problem solving, prioritising or switching tasks).

    14. Coping with change

    15. Getting about

    16. Coping with social engagement due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder

    17. Appropriateness of behaviour with other people, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder

    If I'm not entitled to this, would there be any other benefits to help raise my income?
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