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Permitted work and appeal
Hi everyone- this is my first post. I am on ESA and due to have an appeal - not linked with proving disability, but because the DWP suddenly decided that my previously allowed expenses were suddenly not allowed. It makes no sense and I have my accountant, local councillors, my MP and my doctors all agreeing that it is ridiculous (I am self employed and work around 3-4 hours per week as and when I can leave the house). Their unfair calculations pushes me over the permitted work limit of £131.50pw by £20 pw. I am contesting it, but my question is- what if I lose my appeal? I get severe disability premium, so I cannot apply for Universal Credit. I don't do enough hours to get working tax credit. And I can't get Job Seekers as I am so severely disabled. I get the top rates of PIP and was in the support group. You'd think they would have better things to do than to hound me (us). I do what is asked of me and then they change the rules without telling me. Anyway, if I do not succeed with the appeal, what do I do then? I have had no ESA since the start of August, and they won't give me any in the interim as they say I am earning more than £131.50 pw. What should I do? Also if I do not win, they may try and backdate it to April 2019 and make me pay back the ESA I received from April-August. I've also just been told that the appeal will take A YEAR to happen. I can't survive like this for a year when I can barely leave the house. My Dad died 2 days ago and I really don't think I can take much more. Thanks for any advice.