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volunteering and on benefits

Would like to do volunteering one day a week, I am currently on PIP and ESA, would I need to tell the job centre I am volunteering as I don't want them to think I can work full time, I just want to try one day and see how I manage. Will it affect my benefits? Thank you. 

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  • Trengarnuq1Trengarnuq1 Member Posts: 18 Listener
    if you r in wrag group it should not affect your benifits if in support group yes it will because in support  group you r unfit to work?
  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,200 Disability Gamechanger
    You could ring DWP and ask or your local job Center to find out, you can work and be paid I think £120 per week but do check before what the rules are regarding being in the support group.
  • Trengarnuq1Trengarnuq1 Member Posts: 18 Listener
    If you r in support group you r asssesst as unable to work and you will loose it if you can work and it will tell them that your assesment was wrong so it will make it harder to get it i got it because i cannot work 
  • rachel25rachel25 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    trengarnuq1 yes I understand that, I am in the wrag group.
  • Trengarnuq1Trengarnuq1 Member Posts: 18 Listener
    i just checked and i was wrong it very limited permited work it says as long as you ask them first and you r allowed £120 a week but ask first so you do not  loose any benefit please
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If you r in support group you r asssesst as unable to work and you will loose it if you can work and it will tell them that your assesment was wrong so it will make it harder to get it i got it because i cannot work 
    This is not correct, sorry.
    People can do what's call permitted work, whether they're in the WRAG or Support Group and there's no time limits to how long you can do the work for.

    It won't go against you unless the work you do contradicts the reasons your claiming ESA.

    Any work you do whether it's paid or voluntary must be report to the DWP before you start the work.
    Permitted work rules here.
    https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/Permitted-Work-Rules

    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
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