Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@.

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • the mixer
    • By the mixer 15th Jan 12, 4:48 PM
    • 71Posts
    • 11Thanks
    the mixer
    Can you work part-time while on DLA?
    • #1
    • 15th Jan 12, 4:48 PM
    Can you work part-time while on DLA? 15th Jan 12 at 4:48 PM
    I've not been working since 2009 and been on DLA since 2010 (mental health).

    I would like to return to work at some point but am nowhere near ready to go full time. My Dla is up for renewal and if I am successful I would like to try and look for part time work this year to return to the workplace and get over my sense of isolation.

    Currently I'm on ESA and DLA, would I lose either if I worked part time? I'm sure I have heard you can do part time work over and above your benefits.
Page 1
    • BigAunty
    • By BigAunty 15th Jan 12, 4:52 PM
    • 7,954 Posts
    • 14,422 Thanks
    BigAunty
    • #2
    • 15th Jan 12, 4:52 PM
    • #2
    • 15th Jan 12, 4:52 PM
    I can't answer about ESA but DLA is a universal benefit, isn't means tested, many people in receipt of it are in employment, including full time employment. DLA will not be directly affected but, of course, if your care or mobility needs have ceased or lessened, then you would have to notify the relevant department.
  • Oldernotwiser
    • #3
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:07 PM
    • #3
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:07 PM
    ^^^ As above for DLA.

    For ESA, "Permitted Work" might well be the ideal solution for you.

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Illorinjured/DG_171909
    • the mixer
    • By the mixer 15th Jan 12, 6:21 PM
    • 71 Posts
    • 11 Thanks
    the mixer
    • #4
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:21 PM
    • #4
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:21 PM
    Anyone know if I'd lose my ESA?
  • Oldernotwiser
    • #5
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:22 PM
    • #5
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:22 PM
    Anyone know if I'd lose my ESA?
    Originally posted by the mixer
    Have you read the link I posted?
    • rogerblack
    • By rogerblack 15th Jan 12, 6:28 PM
    • 9,280 Posts
    • 9,443 Thanks
    rogerblack
    • #6
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:28 PM
    • #6
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:28 PM
    For ESA, you have to apply for permitted work first.
    There are sharp limits on what you can do, and you cannot assume that what you wish to do will be treated as permitted work.
    Make a mistake, and you can end up with your claim ended (not suspended) and have to reapply over again from scratch, as well as having to repay benefit you have already been paid.

    Phone up the number on all your ESA letters, and get a 'permitted work' form, if you are contemplating this.
    • the mixer
    • By the mixer 15th Jan 12, 6:30 PM
    • 71 Posts
    • 11 Thanks
    the mixer
    • #7
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:30 PM
    • #7
    • 15th Jan 12, 6:30 PM
    No, I hadn't refreshed the page when posting.
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

1,102Posts Today

5,433Users online

Martin's Twitter