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Work while on UC

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CharlieRose256
CharlieRose256 Community member Posts: 68 Courageous
Hey, apologising if this in the wrong section, but I’ve not asked about this before 🙂

I’m looking for advise around work if you’re already receiving Universal Credit with LCWRA.
My mental health has reached a point where I feel I’d like to do some part time (few hours a week) with support from a supervisor, and feel it would be beneficial to my health overall (but mainly mental health) to have a sense of something to do. 

I’m just a bit muddled about how it call works. I know Universal Credit doesn’t have “supported permitted work” as such like ESA does, and would it be a good idea to move over to ESA from UC? How does one go about finding supported permitted work? How does this all work? Any advise at all would be great, and I’d be very appreciative ☺️
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 56,292 Disability Gamechanger
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    You can’t move over from UC to ESA because the old Income Related ESA no longer exists.
    Theres no rules against working and claiming LCWRA or how many hours you can work. 
    You will have the work allowance which means a certain amount of earnings you receive each month will be ignored before for 55% deductions apply.
    If you claim for help with the rent then it will be £344, if you don’t then it will be £573.
    If you start work you need to report a change of circumstances and tell them you’re working. 
    Do be aware though that if the work you do contradicts the reasons why you’re claiming LCWRA then it could go against you when you’re next reviewed. 
    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.
  • CharlieRose256
    CharlieRose256 Community member Posts: 68 Courageous
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    You can’t move over from UC to ESA because the old Income Related ESA no longer exists.



    oh I though you could still apply for new style esa? It’s all so confusing 
    They/them/she/her pronouns please.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    CharlieRose256 said:..I though you could still apply for new style esa? It’s all so confusing 
    New style ESA is a contribution based benefit. To qualify you need to have a full class 1 or class 2 NI contribution or credit history for tax years 2019-20 and 2020-21. 

    However UC is more relaxed about working than ESA is.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,507 Disability Gamechanger
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    My understanding is that New Style ESA is contributory based, not income related @CharlieRose256. Is that what you were unsure about? You can read about New Style ESA on the Citizens Advice website.

    As poppy123456 has said, you can work on LCWRA anyway :) Do you mind me asking what kind of work you're looking for? Just out of interest!

    Edit: apologies calcotti, I didn't see your comment before posting!
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  • CharlieRose256
    CharlieRose256 Community member Posts: 68 Courageous
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    As poppy123456 has said, you can work on LCWRA anyway :) Do you mind me asking what kind of work you're looking for? Just out of interest!
    Yea I’m not very well versed on ESA, I find it all very confusing! I’m just looking for a small part time (6 hours a week maybe) that will accommodate to my autism and DID (I get very easily overstimulated in loud environments, don’t cope well with socialisation, and panic and dissociate heavily in crowded areas), as well as accepting of wheelchair users (I’m an ambulatory user, so I can stand and walk shorter distances, but can’t stand for hours at a time 😅), but other than that, I’m fair game really.
    They/them/she/her pronouns please.
  • CharlieRose256
    CharlieRose256 Community member Posts: 68 Courageous
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    calcotti said:

    However UC is more relaxed about working than ESA is.
    Oh well that’s good to know! 
    They/them/she/her pronouns please.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    calcotti said:

    However UC is more relaxed about working than ESA is.
    Oh well that’s good to know! 
    ESA is limited to not less than 16 hours and/or not earning more than £152/Work. No limits on UC.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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