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TOPIC: part time work

part time work 9 years 1 month ago #28290

  • soulboy
Hi, I'm in receipt of incapacity & DLA I'm keen to try and work a few hours a week how would I go on if I trained as a lock smith as I have had repeated back surgery and would struggle with lifting, sitting type jobs.

Regards Neil

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Re: part time work 9 years 1 month ago #28295

  • Survivor
There are a number of issues here.

Firstly, there's nothing to stop you doing training, so long as the training you do isn't incompatible with your being regarded as unfit for work. Skill have guides to the compatibility of incapacity benefit and study. However, their site appears to be down right now, so I can't link you to the page.

It is possible to do work whilst on benefits, depending on whether you get paid, and if so, how much. Again, like studying, the work that you do could call into question whether you are fit for work depending on the nature of the work.

There is a guide to working and claiming on here. www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/help-for-claimants/work

Do also take a look at the information on there about when voluntary work doesn't count as voluntary work.

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Re:part time work 9 years 1 month ago #28296

Hi soulboy,

There's information about work and benefits in the work section of the members area.

Work or training should not affect your DLA, provided that the activities involved do not conflict with the grounds on which you receive your award.

But you definitely need to get individual from a welfare rights worker advice with regard to training and your incapacity benefit.

Good luck,


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