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Esa and work

n31n31 Member Posts: 18 Listener
I'm thinking about returning to work soon part time and will work less than 10hrs. Can I still get employment and support allowance whilst working?
Thanks in advance 


  • CockneyRebelCockneyRebel Community champion Posts: 5,259 Disability Gamechanger

    Claiming ESA if you work

    You might be able to work and still claim ESA. It depends on how much you’ll get paid and the hours you do.

    Permitted work

    If you do ‘permitted work’ it will not usually affect your ESA. It’s permitted work if both the following apply:

    • you earn up to £125.50 a week
    • you work less than 16 hours a week

    There’s no limit on how many weeks your permitted work can last for.

    Supported permitted work

    You can do ‘supported permitted work’ and earn up to £125.50 a week. Supported permitted work must be one of the following:

    • part of a treatment programme
    • supervised by someone from a local council or voluntary organisation whose job it is to arrange work for disabled people

    When you start working

    Fill in form PW1 and send it to the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with your benefit.

    You need to tell Jobcentre Plus if you do any volunteer work (this normally does not affect your ESA).

    Be all you can be, make  every day count. Namaste
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