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Going back to work with mobility issues

Foofighter Community member Posts: 6 Listener
Hi All,
I had to leave my job 3 years ago due to a spinal issue. (was a Distribution Centre Manager in Healthcare).
I get the full PIP and New Style ESA currently.
However I miss working so much as being sat at home alone most of the day is a lonely existence.
I regularly think about how on earth I could go back to work and be part of achieving something. There must be an employer out there that wants someone like me to join them?
Would really appreciate anybody's advice, thoughts or experiences on this subject.
I know that my condition means I would be very limited in what I can do and I would be more than worried about losing my benefits just by trying to get a job. I just don't trust the DWP to be fair and helpful with me.... but maybe I'm wrong?
Thanks v much!


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,272 Disability Gamechanger
    You can do what’s called permitted work while claiming ESA but you must make sure it’s less than 16 hours per week and earn no more than £152/week.
    Do be aware that if the work you don contradicts the reasons why you’re claiming PIP and ESA then it could go against you at your next review.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,507 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Foofighter :) I like your username! 

    I can imagine that no longer working might be tough. If you're looking to re-enter the workplace, you might like to access one of our employment services. Our friendly advisors can support you in your search for suitable work. Perhaps you could take a look, and let us know what you think? 

    Have you considered volunteering as a way of giving you some purpose and direction, as well as easing some of those feelings of loneliness? 

    Are you a member of any social clubs or groups? 
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