Send this to the Jobcentre Plus office that deals with your benefit. They will tell you if the work you want to do meets the permitted work conditions.
Permitted work lower limit
This allows you to earn up to £20 a week for an unlimited period. Any earnings over £20 will be deducted from your Income Support.
Permitted work higher limit
This allows you to earn up to £131.50 a week, after tax and National Insurance deductions, without affecting your benefit. The work must be for less than 16 hours a week. It can be for an unlimited period.
Supported permitted work
This is work where you have a supervisor from:
a public body or local authority
a voluntary or community group which provides or finds work for disabled people
It can also be work which is part of a treatment programme.
Supported permitted work has no restriction on the hours you work. It can be for an unlimited period. You can earn up to £131.50 a week after tax and National Insurance deductions without affecting your benefit, if you are getting ESA or National Insurance credits because of incapacity for work.
Permitted work and Universal Credit
There is no ‘permitted work’ under Universal Credit. Instead you will be encouraged to do some work, even if only for a few hours a week, if you can manage it. There is no time limit to how many weeks you can work. It may be possible for some of your earnings to be disregarded if you have a work allowance added when your Universal Credit is calculated.
Permitted work and Housing Benefit
If you’re getting ESA, Incapacity Benefit or SDA, any earnings from permitted work are disregarded in the Housing Benefit calculation.
If you are getting Income Support, up to £20 of permitted work earnings may be disregarded. Permitted work can include paid employment or self-employment.