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LCWRA and UC - Can I work part time..?

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BillyGoatGruff
BillyGoatGruff Community member Posts: 6 Listener
Hi - I have always worked but recently have been diagnosed with anxiety ptsd etc. I am a single middle aged guy recently claiming UC with LCWRA this month and Housing Benefit. Although it doesn’t cover all of my rent. I’m on medication and still finding it difficult to stabilise my mental health but feel the need to do some work whilst I’m figuring out and dealing with this anxiety etc. Can I work and earn extra money to cover my rent and bills and if so, how much money and does it matter how many hours. I do not want it affecting my UC or LCWRA or Housing Benefit as everything is overwhelming me atm. Please advise. 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
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    You would only be claiming housing benefit if you're either living in supported or temporary housing. If not then your rent would be included with your UC known as housing element.

    There's no maximum amount of hours you can work or maximum amount of earnings when claiming UC. You have the work allowance, which means you can receive up to £379/month without it affecting your UC. For any earnings over this amount then your UC will be reduced by 55%.

    If you do start working you must report the changes for UC. Do also be aware that if the work you do contradicts the reasons why you're claiming LCWRA then it can go against you when you're next reviewed.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • BillyGoatGruff
    BillyGoatGruff Community member Posts: 6 Listener
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    Thank you for getting back to me - I have only just received it the LCWRA, when would it be reviewed. I want to do something but mindful that if I start back full time I might not cope so part time initially as such. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
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    LCWRA has no end date. It’s an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise. 
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.

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