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10% bonus due to covid

Bella10Bella10 Member Posts: 10 Listener
Hi I’m on esa support group but I work 13hrs a week. I send my payslips to esa every month but I’m concerned this month as we are ment to be receiving a 10% bonus in our wages for working during covid. I’m not sure if this will take me ova the limit or not. Was just wanting to know wat wud happen wen I send my wage slip in this month if it does go over limit? And if it doesn’t go over  and just shows I’ve had a bonus? Thanks 
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    When doing permitted work there's an absolute maximum amount you can earn each week without it affecting your ESA, which is £140 per week. Any weeks you earn more than this then your ESA will stop. However as it's a one off bonus i'm unsure how this will affect your ESA. My advice is to contact DWP and let a decision maker decide whether it will affect your ESA.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,593 Disability Gamechanger
    I suppose the question is how much do you normally get paid for the 13 hours? @Bella10
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Bella10Bella10 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Thanks for your reply. If it doesn’t take me over the £140 it’ll be ok then? I honestly don’t think it will but was unsure about having a bonus in this months pay.
    Thanks 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    The maximum amount of earnings when doing permitted work is £140 per week after deductions. If you receive less than this then it will have no affect on your ESA. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/employment-and-support-allowance-permitted-work-form/permitted-work-factsheet

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  • Bella10Bella10 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Hi 
    when I’ve worked it out I think I’m gunna be about £1.50 over the £140 🤦🏼‍♀️. 
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,593 Disability Gamechanger
    Then its as poppy says, you could ask your employer to pay the bonus in two halves?
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Bella10Bella10 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    I’m just thinking I’m having to work a couple of hrs less Nxt wk due to childcare issues, which I won’t get paid for those hrs I don’t work. So that should take me under the limit shouldn’t it? Would that be ok? 
  • woodbinewoodbine Member Posts: 3,593 Disability Gamechanger
    Bella10 said:
    I’m just thinking I’m having to work a couple of hrs less Nxt wk due to childcare issues, which I won’t get paid for those hrs I don’t work. So that should take me under the limit shouldn’t it? Would that be ok? 
    if it takes you under the £140 then yes.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
  • Bella10Bella10 Member Posts: 10 Listener
    Yes it will.
    Thanku all for ur help x
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