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Permitted work

I been receiving employment and support allowance for many years along with dla for mobility issues, last September I had an esa assessment and scored 0 points assessor lied made things up, got money stopped in December, did mandatory reconsideration and same scored 0 points, went to tribunal and won so back in support group, I panicked about loosing my flat, I couldn’t claim universal credit because I couldn’t commit to looking for work and I no I would of been under pressure about looking for work handing out cv etc, I decided to have ago at making memorial jewellery for purpose of being self employed and try claim tax credits, then that way I wouldn’t have dwp on my case, i quite like doing it and it’s something I can do from home this doesn’t contradict anything that has got me into the support group.
if I asked could I do permitted work what happens do you phone up weekly tell them if you gone over the 131.50 if you have do they just deduct the extra out of my esa payment, does it affect housing if it went over 131.50 week, does anyone no of any hidden problems they have come across by doing permitted work, appreciate any info people might have, is it a good idea or does it end up a nightmare

thanks 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    You can't claim tax credits and do permitted work under ESA at the same time, it doesn't work like that. Also tax credits no longer exist for new claims because all areas are now a full UC area.

    If you're planning on doing permitted work then you'll need to get permission from DWP and fill out a PW1 form before starting work. You mustn't earn more than £131.50 per week and any weeks you earn more than that you won't be entitled to ESA for those weeks. Earnings from permitted work don't affect any other benefits you claim, such as housing benefit and council tax reduction. Hope this helps.
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  • DaiseydotDaiseydot Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Hi
    If I had lost at my tribunal I was going to go on universal credit but self employed it was my only choice, as I can’t get out every day to go to a job. I did win esa tribunal and now I bought stuff to make the jewellery, if I get permission I was thinking of the permitted work route to see how they sold, so if I earned £150 one week Which took me £18.50 over what’s allowed for instance I’d loose a total weeks payment of esa not just the bit extra I’d gone over, do you need to pay national insurance on permitted work 

    thanks 
  • DaiseydotDaiseydot Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Do you ring in weekly to confirm if you earned anything 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited May 2019
    Self employed Permitted work and ESA rules are complicated. You will need to keep accounts for the money you earn because DWP will ask for these. You should get some face to face advice from an agency near you.

    Do be aware that if the work you do contradicts the reasons for your ESA claim then this can go against you the next time you're re-assessed.


    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.
  • DaiseydotDaiseydot Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Thank you for your reply’s I will go cab get all details 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,001

    Scope community team

    Hi @Daiseydot, I see Poppy has answered your questions regarding permitted work so just wanted to say hello and welcome you to the community!
    Memorial jewellery sounds great, how did you get into making them? 
    Community Manager
    Scope
  • DaiseydotDaiseydot Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Hi Adrian
    I had to have an esa assessment in September been getting esa for many years I scored 0 points and two weeks before Christmas they cancelled my money, I have severe mobility issues and some days I’m in agony, I couldn’t commit to universal credit in looking for work as I know some days I wouldn’t be able to make it, my daughter horse had died and she been thinking of getting a memorial piece of jewellery, so after giving myself a crash course off you tube I decided to make some and then if tribunal declined my esa, I would be ready to self employed work from home, it’s best I could come up with so I could claim universal credit help with rent my home was on line, I got a yes at tribunal so now all stuff I got would go to waste hence thinking of trying out permitted work, I need to know do you ring them up weekly and tell them what you have earned, I no it’s £131.50 a week if I earned 150 one week is it just the difference I loose out of esa or is it the full esa payment for that week, appreciate it if you no answer. I just started the dla to pip transfer so that could go tits up yet 
    thanks 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You will need to keep accounts for your self employed work because DWP will ask to see them, they won't just take your word for it.
    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.
  • DaiseydotDaiseydot Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Yes that wouldn’t be problem, do you no if you contact them weekly with figures 
    thanks
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Did you get some face to face advice like i advised? self employed and permitted work rules are extremely complicated.
    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.
  • DaiseydotDaiseydot Member Posts: 10 Listener
    I will do when I can get appointment 
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