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Hi, my name is Brendabrad!

BrendabradBrendabrad Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited November 2017 in Employment and careers
I have a disability support officer, I have CFS/ME and another condition called BSM.  I am in the support ESA group!  A person from another charity has told me that the rules have changed and its no longer 16 hours plus earnings of £120 to do supported permitted work.  Im looking to do part time work.  Does anyone know anything about this?


  • Pippa_AlumniPippa_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 5,851 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Brendabrad, welcome to the community!

    I have M.E myself and know how difficult it can be to find suitable employment opportunities. I've moved your query into our ESA category, where there will be others who can advise you further on this. 
  • BrendabradBrendabrad Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you Pippa
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi Brendabrad and welcome

    You should be very careful that any work you do does not contradict the reasons for your claim

    There are two differnt types of permitted work

    This is from the gov site

    Permitted work

    If you do ‘permitted work’ it won’t usually affect your ESA. It’s permitted work if both the following apply:

    • you earn up to £120 a week
    • you work less than 16 hours a week

    There’s no limit on how many weeks your permitted work can last for.

    Supported permitted work

    You can do ‘supported permitted work’ and earn up to £120 a week. Supported permitted work must be one of the following:

    • part of a treatment programme
    • supervised by someone from a local council or voluntary organisation whose job it is to arrange work for disabled people

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • BrendabradBrendabrad Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thanks Cockney Rebel, I do have a disability support worker and have tried two separate jobs that didnt work out.  Of course DWP have had me send in new claim form because of this but they say not!

    I was told the amount had gone up and the hours are irrelevant, is this the case or is it still £120 and under 16 hours (supported permitted work)
  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    It is still £120
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • pia_scopepia_scope Scope Support to Work service Posts: 41 Courageous
    Hi @Brendabrad.
    If you are claiming ESA the rules has not changed and under permitted work the same hours and income apply.

    If you were claiming Universal Credit the rules would be different.

    The best thing to do if you feel unsure is to do a entitled to calculation.
    You can use this link to access one:

    I hope this will help.

    Scope Employment Advisor
    Phone: 0300 222 5742
    Email: [email protected]

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