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Carer wanting to set up business

MrsRedMrsRed Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hello everyone, this is my first time posting on these boards, apologies if I've posted in the wrong part. 

I'm a carer to my husband we are claiming PIP ESA and Carers allowance, I'm desperately wanting to set up my own business. I'm unable to get a clear answer on if this is something I can do without affecting my husband and I's money?. I'm aware carers can earn up to £120 per week or up to 16hrs, but unclear if that would affect our ESA.

I'm very apprehensive as it took us a long time to get onto PIP (Court hearing and all) I don't want to do anything to jeopardize it, especially with not knowing if my business idea will take of as I hope and even if it does it will be years before I see anything in the way of a profit I'm sure. 

If anyone could help I'll be very grateful, Thank you.


  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Member Posts: 5,257 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @MrsRed and welcome

    Depending on whether your ESA is contribution based or income related you may be able to do permitted work.
    You should get trained advice from an agency near you
    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 8,060

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    Hi @MrsRed, have you managed to find support at an agency near you, or figured out if your husband’s ESA is contribution based or income related? 
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  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger

    Hello @MrsRed  Please can I suggest speak to your local county council. They often have business advisors and also could tell you the benefit situation.

    This is some thing I had to do when I set up mine. A long time ago.

    Wish you success in everything you do.

    Take care.


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