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    ESA Support Group and Work.

    Does anyone on ESA Support Group Benefit work at all? Just wondering? I want to be in that position but I am scared if I will be punished for doing so.

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    As far as i understand it people in support group esa are there because they are unable to do any sort of work other wise they'd be in wrag, dla/pip is different as i understand it disabled people can claim that and do some work. Maybe someone else might tell you something different

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    I think it means a person in the SG can do some voluntary work.
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    Yes you can do some work if you are in Support Group.

    It must come under the 'permited work' rules which are explained below.

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    You can do some 'permitted work' whilst claiming ESA, which can include self employment.
    (I will leave out 'supported permitted work' as this has special rules).

    You should of course inform the DWP if you intend to do any work whilst claiming ESA.
    If this is paid work they will send you form PW1 that you fill in and return.
    They then decide if the work is permitted from this form. (Although you may have already have done the work before they make the decision).

    You can find an example here: Example PW1
    You shouldn't print this off and use it, it is watermarked 'for information' on each page. Get a form from the Jobcentre or DWP which will have their contact details, etc. filled in.

    There are rules with permitted work of course and one of the important ones depends on whether you are in WRAG or Support Group.

    Firstly you can do Permitted Work at the Lower Limit - with this you can earn up to £20 a week for an unlimited period. Both WRAG and SG can do this.

    Or you can do Permitted Work at the Higher Limit - with this you can earn up to £104.00 after tax and national insurance deductions if the work is for less than 16 hours a week.

    If you are in WRAG you can only do this Permitted Work at the Higher Limit for 52 weeks then have to have a 52 week break.
    (Even if you only do Permitted Work for one day that starts the 52 week period after which you can't do anymore for the next 52 weeks).

    If you are in Support Group this 52 week cycle does not apply, you can keep on doing Permitted Work as long as you like.

    Money earned from Permitted Work does not affect your ESA payments.
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