Work and mental illness - Benefits
Will working affect my welfare benefits?
Whether working affects your welfare benefits can depend on:
- what benefits you are claiming,
- whether you are volunteering or doing paid work,
- how many hours a week you are working, and
- how much you are earning.
You should think carefully about whether you would be better off going back to work or staying on benefits. You can ask a benefits advice organisation to do a 'better off calculation' for you.
You can get advice about how work will affect your benefits.
You can get advice from your local Citizens Advice office. You can find their contact details here.
You can also search for local benefits advisers by using the following websites:
Turn 2 Us: http://advicefinder.turn2us.org.uk
Advice UK: www.adviceuk.org.uk/find-a-member
Or you can contact the Rethink Mental Illness Advice Service on 0300 5000 927 and we can search for you.
Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
You can do some work and still get ESA. This is known as permitted work. Permitted work usually means you:
- work less than 16 hours, and
- earn less than £120 a week.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
PIP is not means tested. This means that it is not affected by your income, capital or savings. So any money you earn by working will not affect the amount you get under PIP.
If you work you can still get PIP as long as you meet the PIP criteria.
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