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Hi, help needed please on ESA and working and studying part time and PIP

samantham06
samantham06 Member Posts: 4 Listener
Hi everyone my names sam.

I get ESA support group income related and contribution based. I got approval for studying part time with the open uni for (they say) 18 hours. But I rarely do this. I struggle. This is as I get PIP high rate on both

Pip have said it's ok to work 3 evenings a week despite getting high rate mobility for needing assistance to go out when bad. As my conditions are variable. I find this hard to believe. But spoke to a decision maker today. Said I was going out more alone but she said if I continued to improve then ring up after 18 months of stability as I might get bad again.

ESA I'm having a nightmare with. I'm due to start 12 hours a week work tomorrow. I cant find anywhere online if you can do this permitted work alongside studying I've already been approved for? Could someone help please? And what can I quote them if needed? Expecting a battle.

I mean, it's unlikely il stick to it. But want to try. 

Will they lower my award? They said they may not till next year for new assessment. But you never know.

Very stressed and worried.

Thankyou 

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  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,005

    Scope community team

    Hello @samantham06

    Welcome to the community, I hope you are well.

    I hope your studies are going well, and it's great to hear you're starting some work. 

    The benefits system can be quite complicated when you are a student, but I would assume that the DWP would judge your permitted work and study separately. An important factor would be if the work and study contradict the reasons for which you are claiming. 

    I would suggest contacting the Disability Rights UK student helpline.
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  • samantham06
    samantham06 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Hi there, what sort of things would it contradict please? 

    With pip I would be going alone 3 evenings a week, but its 5 minutes up the road. And may not do much the rest of the week 

    Mines for mental health not physical if that makes a difference? So its variable. But other groups have scared me saying it will prove I'm stable doing 3 nights a week. 

    If I even stick to it. 

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