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    AvatarEoin
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    I’ve just had an application approved for universal credit – won’t be receiving enough to support myself financially though so I was wondering whether you’re allowed to apply for casual part-time work. I’ve seen a need for fruit pickers but might be minimal hours at the moment. How will these affect each other? Will I lose universal credit altogether if I start work?

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    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
    Keymaster

    Hi Eoin,

    You can work while you’re getting Universal Credit, you just need to report your income to them. You’re allowed to earn up to a certain amount (it depends on your personal circumstances as to how much – you can ask your Job Coach for exact figures by asking a question in your Journal) before you start losing some of your UC payment. When you reach that limit, you lose 63p off your UC for every £1 extra you’ve earned.

    If you’re struggling to meet rent, you could also seek additional help from your local authority to receive a Discretionary Housing Payment that tops up the housing element of UC to help you meet your rent. I hope that helps!

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    AvatarEoin
    Participant

    Cheers Annie, that does help a lot.

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    Annie ThorpeAnnie Thorpe
    Keymaster

    When you start earning, remember that you could be eligible for a Help to Save account too – that’s up to £1200 FREE in bonuses from the Govt over 4 years. There’s a whole article about it here: https://www.moneymagpie.com/save-money/help-to-save-free-money

    Good luck!

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