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Permitted work

Hello there,

I am on enhanced PIP for mobility and care and I am on contribution base ESA SP. If I did take up the permitted work as stated in the rules will this go against my benefits. Whilst I like to continue to work few hours and keep myself occupied I don't know how the DWP actually look at this. I would be great full if someone can give me some advise or direct me please.


  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hello @Angel110,

    Sorry that no one has got back to you yet. I've just moved this discussion into our Ask a Benefits Advisor category, where @BenefitsTrainingCo may be able to offer some help and support.
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    you need to be careful that any work you do does not conflict with the reasons that you receive benefit.
    For example claiming for mobility then working delivering leaflets would be of concern
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    Hi Angel110 - I agree with CockneyRebel that the skills and abilities you need to carry out your chosen permitted work should not conflict with the reasons you are receiving ESA. The example given above is a good one. You may need to revisit the activities which scored you points when you had your ESA assessment (or phone DWP to find out which ones they were), and make sure that even when you do the permitted work that those points still apply to you. 
    There is more information about permitted work here:

    There is also a form on the DWP website which you can download and fill in to let DWP know you are doing permitted work, as they will want to make sure that you do not exceed 16 hours, or £120 a week:

    Even though permitted work is a great idea, especially as your earnings from it are disregarded as far as other benefits are concerned, it can also act as a sign to the DWP that perhaps you are feeling better, which is why I recommend that you feel secure with your ESA points before you start permitted work. It's better if your permitted work is of a flexible and casual nature, where it doesn't matter too much if you are not well enough to go in on a particular day. 

    I hope this helps, and that you feel you can go for it! 

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