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Benefits and selling art

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libbylee
libbylee Community member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi,I am on ESA in the support group and on pip.i would like to sell the odd artwork and don't expect to earn much but how would this affect my benefits?any help appreciated

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi,

    Any work you do needs to be agreed with DWP first. When claiming ESA you can earn up to £125.50 per week without it affecting any of your money, it's called permitted work. Any money you earn over this money will affect your ESA. See link about permitted work. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/Permitted-Work-Rules

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  • libbylee
    libbylee Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Thank you.its just a bit awkward as if I sold an art work for over the weekly limit but then didn't sell anything for the next few weeks do you know if my benefits would be cut because I went over the weekly limit for that one week?thanks
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    You will need to ring DWP and ask them. You need to get permission anyway before doing the permitted work.
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  • libbylee
    libbylee Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Ok thanks a lot
  • libbylee
    libbylee Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Ok thanks,I probably need to phone them.i only spend an hour or two a day and some days not stall depending on how I am so I wouldn't be selling a lot
  • libbylee
    libbylee Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Ok thanks but where would I see an advisor face to face?thanks
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    Your local CAB or welfare rights.
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  • libbylee
    libbylee Community member Posts: 8 Listener
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    Ok thanks everyone
  • sereph73
    sereph73 Community member Posts: 5 Connected
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    Hi everyone - just wondered if there have been more discoveries about this question of selling art work.  I do a little painting when I feel able - less than 4 hours a week, and some weeks not at all.  I have never sold any work but some of my friends have shown an interest.  I did ask CAB and Welfare Rights a while ago but neither were able to answer the question of how to go about it in regard to ESA and PIP and the guy from CAB suggested phoning DWP.  However, since I am not in a position of immediately being able to anticipate any actual sale, I am a bit unsure what to do.  It could really help me to have occasional extra income from the odd sale but I don't want to make my situation worse than it is and cause myself undue additional stress, so I'm thinking it might be best just to paint for pleasure and just give the paintings as gifts.  Any thoughts?  Thanks 
  • belpye
    belpye Community member Posts: 4 Connected
    edited January 2022
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    Hi there!

    I think I have some good resources for you.
    This issue has been a big problem for lots of artists. UNLIMITED are a disability arts organisation and one of their members wrote the following article about this issue. The article contains a link to a document listing organisations that can help you. 

    https://weareunlimited.org.uk/whats-the-benefit-supporting-disabled-artists-who-are-on-benefits/

    You may also want to check out this post from Disability Arts Online who are also very knowledgeable in this area.

    https://disabilityarts.online/atw/self-employed/

    You may also want to look into OutsideIn - an organisation that supports artists excluded from the mainstream art world. This includes a lot of disabled artists. Their staff are experts at supporting artists with these kinds of issues, and you can set up your own page on the website for free. It might be a cool way to sell more of your work, if that's something you are interested in.

    https://outsidein.org.uk/

    I hope this helps, keep enjoying the painting x
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,076 Disability Gamechanger
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    Ring DWP.. suggested CAB, oh dear! 😬
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  • sereph73
    sereph73 Community member Posts: 5 Connected
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    Thank you so much for your comments above - I do appreciate all of them.  I will follow up the links suggested by Belpye - thanks again
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm glad to here the forum has been helpful @sereph73 :)
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  • sereph73
    sereph73 Community member Posts: 5 Connected
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    Sadly, having read the links, I have to agree that they do not exactly answer the question.  There is certain comfort in having ones' feelings validated and hearing that others have felt the same way - but where can w go from there?  Since I posted the original question back in June, I have spoken to an RNIB advisor who has made a referral for me to the RNIB Welfare team.  I have to admit, even going this far made me feel anxious but I am telling myself to wait and see what they come back with.  I will pass on any helpful information should I get any.  It could be a long wait ...
  • sereph73
    sereph73 Community member Posts: 5 Connected
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    Thanks mikehughescq for your comprehensive reply - really appreciated, thank you for going into so much detail. It is very helpful.
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