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Benefits and selling art

libbyleelibbylee 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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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    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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  • libbyleelibbylee Member Posts: 8 Listener
    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
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You will need to ring DWP and ask them. You need to get permission anyway before doing the permitted work.
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  • libbyleelibbylee Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Ok thanks a lot
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,534 Disability Gamechanger
    I think the issue here is what kind of art work as the nature of the work done to produce pieces may well impact ESA and PIP. 
  • libbyleelibbylee Member Posts: 8 Listener
    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
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,534 Disability Gamechanger
    Noooo. Do not phone them. Get face to face advise and go into detail with an adviser before you make any declaration.
  • libbyleelibbylee Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Ok thanks but where would I see an advisor face to face?thanks
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Your local CAB or welfare rights.
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  • libbyleelibbylee Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Ok thanks everyone
  • sereph73sereph73 Member Posts: 1 Listener
    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 
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