Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
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ESA and permitted working

i am on esa in a support group I have permitted work for 5 hours per week I have done this for four years now and feel that I might be able to cope with more I am not sure how many hours I can work and still claim esa I am not ready to jump back into full time work yet as what I do  drains me out and I sleep for hours after doing just five hours can I get some advice on permitted work rules please.


  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi gailsharon

    Claiming ESA if you work

    You might be able to work and still claim ESA. It depends on how much you’ll get paid and the hours you do.

    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.


    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,289 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks cockneyrebel, you answered it correctly only wish like many others i'am sure would love to earn the £120 per week doing part time work but it's finding employers willing to take us on, health and safety insurance cover ect,ect. 
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