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How many hours pw can you work on ESA?
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Angel_Rachie
Old 19-02-2012, 1:24 PM
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Default How many hours pw can you work on ESA?

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/MoneyTax...ured/DG_171909
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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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Old 19-02-2012, 2:30 PM
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In short - yes, you can.
However.
Any work you do _must_ be cleared by them first - they can decide work done is not permitted work after the fact otherwise, which will cause you no end of problems.
Phone them up and ask for a permitted work form. Once they get it back, after a few weeks, they will contact you.
I'm assuming you're single, on the assessment rate.
Are you also on DLA?
You will once you pass the WCA (if you do) be entitled to eitehr the support, or work-related component of ESA. ~27/week.
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Old 19-02-2012, 3:57 PM
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So do I have to fill this form in before I even start looking for work?
Also will wages be deducted from my ESA?
Whats the difference between work or support related ESA?
Sorry for all the questions but its a rather confusing process.
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Old 19-02-2012, 4:02 PM
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You need to fill in the form, and get approval before you do work.
The wages do not affect your ESA.
The differences are that in the suppot group you would not be expected to do anything.
In the work-related group, you will have to attend 'work focussed interviews'.
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Old 19-02-2012, 4:11 PM
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Don't know if this helps, but I called ESA the moment my son (Aspergers) started to earn as Bank in a nursery. He gets 22.50 per session. So if he works one session 2.50 is taken of ESA, two sessions 25 etc. I was told to write to address on letter and we will then be sent a form to fill out. Also to keep all payslips in case they are required to be sent in. This was just our experience, we have an appointment tomorrow at job centre so we should get more information on work (paid), voluntary and pay. Good luck.
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