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LCWRA CAN I WORK PART TIME

Scotsandy1Scotsandy1 Posts: 4Member Listener
Hi
I was awarded LCWRA less than a year ago,Which  I am very grateful the problem is I have always worked. Can any one give me advice if  I could work from home doing less than 16 hours a week without it affecting my UC benefits.The benefits i recieve are Standard Allowance,Housing benefit and LCWRA.

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,455Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    When you say housing benefit then i'm assuming you mean the housing element of UC.

    Yes, you can work because you'll have a work allowance. As you're claiming the housing element then your work allowance will be £287 per month. This means that you can earn up to this amount of money each assessment period, without having any deductions from your UC. Once your earnings go above £287 per month then you'll have a deduction in your UC of 63% for every £1 you earn.

    Do be aware though that if the work you do contradicts the reasons why you're claiming LCWRA then they could reassess you early and the decision could go against you.

    Hope this helps.
    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.
  • janer1967janer1967 Posts: 436Member Pioneering
    Hi I am a community champion at scope and I just wanted to welcome you to the community. Your query has been answered but if there is anyhting else we can help you with then just ask
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 5,284Administrator Scope community team
    What sort of work are you looking to do @Scotsandy1? Best of luck with it and I hope you feel reassured that it's okay to work while on UC and claiming LCWRA. :)
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • Scotsandy1Scotsandy1 Posts: 4Member Listener
    Hi  
    Working for a travel company as a home worker.
    I had appointment with citazens advice and they advised me
    not to do part time work as I would loose most of my benefits,
    so am i am a bit confused what to do.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,455Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    Hi  
    Working for a travel company as a home worker.
    I had appointment with citazens advice and they advised me
    not to do part time work as I would loose most of my benefits,
    so am i am a bit confused what to do.

    That's quite bad advice you've been given from citizens advice. The advice i gave above is absolutely correct.
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 5,284Administrator Scope community team
    Hi @Scotsandy1. Can I ask, do you have a partner that works? I'm just wondering if CAB saw it as your work allowance was already used. If you can tell us a little more about your living situation (whether it's a joint claim or single, and if you get help with rent) we can help you with some figures. 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,455Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    @Adrian_Scope thanks for that, that's one thing i didn't think of.
    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.
  • Scotsandy1Scotsandy1 Posts: 4Member Listener
    Hi Adrian
    I am single and I house share,The benefits I receive are
    Standard Allowance £317.82
    Housing   Allowance  £325.00 (my share of rent)
    LCWRA   Allowance  £336.20
    I am worried that if I work less than 16 hrs a week my work coach 
    will look into my LCWRA claim and I could loose the benefit.
    Poppy mention Gamechanger ?
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Posts: 5,284Administrator Scope community team
    edited February 14
    Hi @Scotsandy1, thank you that helps clear things up.

    Okay, if you were to start work and it contradicts the reason you claim LCWRA (for example you’ve told them you have a back so bad you’re unable to bend, or lift anything, at any time, and your job involves stacking shelves), then it could work against you if you are reassessed.

    In terms of how much it would affect your UC, because you have LCWRA you have a work allowance, meaning you can earn £287 a month before it affects your UC at all. After that amount, every £ you earn lowers your UC by 63p.

    So say you earned £400 a month, you’d get your £400 a month wages and your usual UC, but there will be a deduction to your total UC for wages, so for £400 wages UC would be lowered by £71.19 a month.


    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • Scotsandy1Scotsandy1 Posts: 4Member Listener
    Thanks for that , I am serverely  blind my computer as a software Super Nova,
    Which helps me a lot (magnifier and speech )so this job would be ideal as it only 15 hours a week,
    which would not be to much strain on my eyes.
    the wage is £600 a month,Regarding LCWRA do you get assesed again at a later date ? and having a part time job affect their 
    decision 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Posts: 17,455Community champion Disability Gamechanger
    £600 per month will reduce your UC by £197 per month but it does depend on how often you get paid and how much you receive during your assessment period.

    For the LCWRA then you can be reassessed anytime from 3 months. Whether working will affect the decision will totally depend on whether the work you do contradicts the reasons you're claiming LCWRA.
    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.
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