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Esa support group and 5hr course 1 year 3 days ago #233462

Thank you
Id like to ask a further question ...
If I was to declare disability at the college and tick the form so that I am exempt from paying the fees is there a risk that the information could get passed on to DWP ?
This may be an area that cannot be answered here and if that is the case I understand ...

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Esa support group and 5hr course 1 year 3 days ago #233463

Also Gordon if I declare change of circumstances to DWP re ESA would they then notify PIP ? I know the assessments are separate but do these 2 bodies information share ?

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Esa support group and 5hr course 1 year 2 days ago #233478

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Emma jones wrote: Thank you
Id like to ask a further question ...
If I was to declare disability at the college and tick the form so that I am exempt from paying the fees is there a risk that the information could get passed on to DWP ?
This may be an area that cannot be answered here and if that is the case I understand ...


I can't see why they would inform the DWP unless the exemption is dependant on your having a qualifying benefit and they have to check with the DWP that you are receiving the benefit.

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Esa support group and 5hr course 1 year 2 days ago #233479

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Emma jones wrote: Also Gordon if I declare change of circumstances to DWP re ESA would they then notify PIP ? I know the assessments are separate but do these 2 bodies information share ?


Whilst is possible that a Change would only be relevant to one benefit, you could significantly disadvantage yourself if you only report a Change to the ESA department and the PIP people find out about it.

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Esa support group and 5hr course 11 months 4 weeks ago #233728

my thinking at this point is to declare to DWP re ESA and PIP that I will be doing a 5 hr course and see what happens from there. its highly likely I will be re assessed and potentially put into the work related group. I am certainly not fit for full time work but want to do something towards my future and a 5 hr course seems a manageable first step. Of course I am not going to be able to live off the money and so would need to do some part time work to supplement my benefits. Can you please explain what work I can do within the work related group. I have read documents on it but im still not clear. Do the government allow to work up to 16hrs ? do they reduce the benefit if work is undertaken? What would be my best option working 2 days a week and college 1 day ? would the college count as work hours ? Would the GP write a sick note and say for me only to do part time hours ???
its all so unclear and I don't know how to look at my situation

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Esa support group and 5hr course 11 months 3 weeks ago #233743

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You can work for up to but not 16 hours as Permitted Work and earn less than £131.50 a week without it affecting your ESA. There is a guide to PW in the ESA section.

The hours that you do at college are not counted as PW.

How you split your time is up to you.

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