While you’re getting Employment Support Allowance (ESA) you might be able to do some types of work.
The work you do doesn't have to be unpaid, but if you're on income-related ESA and you do earn money it will affect how much ESA you get.
This is paid work you can do where you don’t earn more than:
You can earn £143 per week with no limit on the number of hours if it’s work:
You can do any type of permitted work but you can only do one at a time. It’s okay to move from one type of permitted work to another.
It’s important to let the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) know about any permitted work you do or if you change your permitted work.
To let the DWP know fill in a permitted work form on GOV.UK. Post it to the address at the top of any of your ESA letters. Ask the Post Office for free proof of postage - you might need to show when you sent your form.
Your ESA payments will stop and you’ll need to re-apply.
You should check how much ESA you’ll get before you do any work that might take you over the permitted limit.
The work your partner can do depends on the type of ESA you get.
If you’re not sure what type of ESA you get, you can ask the DWP by:
Telephone: 0800 169 0310
Textphone: 0800 169 0314
Welsh language: 0800 328 1744
Relay UK - if you can't hear or speak on the phone, you can type what you want to say: 18001 then 0800 169 0310
You can use Relay UK with an app or a textphone. There’s no extra charge to use it. Find out how to use Relay UK on the Relay UK website.
Video relay - if you use British Sign Language (BSL).
You can find out how to use video relay on YouTube.
Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm
Calls are free from mobiles and landlines.
Your partner’s work won’t affect your ESA payments.
Your income-related ESA payments will be reduced to take their income into account. You can check how much ESA you'll get when you’re on income-related ESA.
You won’t be able to get income-related ESA. It’s important to let the DWP know if your partner’s paid work hours change.
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