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My son earns £200 per week - is he eligible for help?

sueham68sueham68 Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi my name is Sue I have an adult son with autism. 


  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,476 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sueham68

    Welcome to the community!

    Within the community there are many parents with autistic children, you're not alone. There are many discussions regarding Autism. Please don't hesitate to ask anything :)

    Ami :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,736

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  • sueham68sueham68 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi I was wondering if someone could give me advice. I have a 26 year old son with autism. He works in a cafe, originally he worked16 hours and received ESA. His hours have increased to approx 28 hours and no longer receives help due to his increased hours. However he now feels he would like to leave home and get his own flat. What I would like to know is would he be eligible for help again as he only earns £200 per week. 
  • Liam_AlumniLiam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 1,113 Pioneering
    Hi @Sueham68,

    Welcome to Scope's online community!

    I found this on the Gov.UK website about ESA and the eligibility criteria, which may be of interest to you:
    Permitted work
    If you do ‘permitted work’ it will not usually affect your ESA. It’s permitted work if both the following apply:
    • you earn up to £125.50 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 £125.50 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
    You may also find our online benefits checker tool useful, as it can give you an idea of what benefits your son may be able to claim.

    I hope this helps. If you have any other questions then please do get in touch!
  • RipplesRipples Member Posts: 189 Pioneering
    @sueham68 if £200 is his only income he should qualify for housing benefit. However, be aware that as he is under the age of 35 he may be limited in what accommodation he can get the maximum help for as he will probably only qualify for the shared accommodation rate. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Also if he lives in a full Universal credit area it would be this he will need to claim and not housing benefit.

    When claiming any sort of benefits like this, it can often be extremely difficult to find a landlord that is willing to take on a tennant that claims benefits such as help with their rent. If you are lucky enough to find one in your area they may also want a guarantor. A tenancy agreement will be needed as proof of rent before apply for any benefits.

    The permitted work rules about do not apply in your sons circumstances.

    Use a benefits calculator to see what he could possibly claim.
    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.
  • sueham68sueham68 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Thank you for your help I’ll definately look into this for him 😊
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