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    Angel_Rachie
    How many hours pw can you work on ESA?
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    • 19th Feb 12, 1:24 PM
    How many hours pw can you work on ESA? 19th Feb 12 at 1:24 PM
    I need some advice, I am off work on long-term sick atm and my contract ends 3rd March. I am thinking of claiming ESA then but concerned I wont be able to live off the 53.45 pw (Im under 25).

    After reading the goverments website I wonder if I will be permitted to do some work from home or a small job a few hours a week.

    The website http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Illorinjured/DG_171909
    says:
    The Permitted Work rules

    Under the Permitted Work rules you can:
    • work for less than 16 hours a week on average, with earnings up to 97.50 a week for 52 weeks
    • work for less than 16 hours a week, on average, with earnings up to 97.50 a week if you are in the Support Group of the main phase of Employment and Support Allowance
    • work and earn up to 20 a week, at any time, for as long as you are receiving Employment and Support Allowance
    • do Supported Permitted Work and earn up to 97.50 a week for as long as you are receiving Employment and Support Allowance, provided you continue to satisfy the Supported Permitted Work criteria
    When I was on Job Seekers in Sept I got 80 pw due to having a disability. I just doesnt seem fair that I should now be on a lower income because I am ill.
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