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Permitted Work

vineetspurs78vineetspurs78 Member Posts: 6 Listener
Currently I am getting ESA income related with Severe and Enhanced Disability Premium. I will be working for 16 hours a week and the salary is £7660 per annum. Will I lose all my benefits or will I face a reduction instead?



  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,829

    Scope community team

    Hi @vineetspurs78
    Welcome to the community.

    I have found some information from the  Citizen's Advice Bureau:

    You can do some paid or unpaid work while you’re getting ESA and it won’t affect your benefit. This is called ‘permitted work’, or ‘supported permitted work’.

    Any job can be permitted work as long as each week you're working under 16 hours, and earning less than £125.50.  It doesn't matter whether you’re in the support group or the work-related activity group.

    'Supported permitted work' is work that’s either:

    • supervised by someone from a local council or voluntary organisation whose job it is to arrange work for disabled people
    • part of a treatment programme under medical supervision

    You can also earn up to £125.50 a week doing supporting permitted work. 

    If you’re not sure whether the sort of work you want to do will be seen as permitted work or supported permitted work, you can ask an experienced adviser at your local Citizens Advice and they’ll be able to help you.

    If you’re going to start doing permitted work, supported permitted work, or volunteering, you’ll need to fill in the permitted work form and return this to the JobCentre Plus office that pays your ESA. 

    I hope that helps.
    Specialist Information Officer - Cerebral Palsy

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    With that salary and hours your ESA will stop because it's more than what permitted will allows.
    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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