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Self Employed Earnings

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TickTock
TickTock Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello, I am trying to find out how self employed earnings are calculated.  I am in receipt of contribution based ESA and in the support group.  I have been doing permitted work for the past two years on a self employed basis.  Usually once a year I am asked to send in my accounts to DWP. 

Due to the nature of the work I do I can have periods where no work is available, so for example this current tax year I did not earn in April, May or June.  I now have an opportunity to earn more than £152 per week for the next few months for less than 16 hours a week, can I take this opportunity?   Are self-employed earnings averaged out over the year?

Hope that makes sense!  

Thank you for your help.  
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  • Sue_Alumni
    Sue_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 485 Pioneering
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    Good afternoon @TickTock my understanding is that you are correct and that the weekly amount is the average of earnings over a period of one year - in practice, normally the last year for which acconts are available. 
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  • TickTock
    TickTock Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thank you Sue  :)
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    I'm glad we could help @TickTock how are you today? :)  

    If you'd like to have a look around the rest of the forum please do feel free, here's a few of the best places to get started:

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    I hope this community can act as a place of support for you, and please don't hesitate to reach out of you need anything :)  

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    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
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    You are welcome @TickTock. It is the very least you deserve. If we can do anything else to support you, please don't hesitate to let us know. We are all here for you  :)
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