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For when you are unable to work due to ill health, details on eligibility and how to apply here
Claiming ESA if you work
Your ESA isn’t usually affected if you either:
- work for less than 16 hours a week and earn up to £115.50 a week, for 52 weeks or less (or for any length of time if you’re in the support group)
This is called ‘permitted work’.
You can also do ‘supported permitted work’ and earn up to £115.50 a week. This must be part of a treatment programme, or supervised by someone from a local council or voluntary organisation whose job it is to arrange work for disabled people.
You must tell the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) if you start doing permitted or supported permitted work. They’ll send you form PW1 to fill in and send back to them.
Any volunteer work you do needs to be reported. It normally doesn’t affect your ESA.
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