Prince's trust while applying for LCW

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So I've been in the support group for the past year. I had some really bad manic episodes which made me eligible. I've had a pretty good year as I've stayed on medication and the episodes seem to have stopped. It's up for renewal but I still think I might be eligible for the work related activity group. In fact I know I won't get the support group this time and it will be the work related activity group or nothing. My dilemma is I've been thinking about my career and I want to do something to improve my prospects so I'm signing up to a Prince's trust programme to get work experience. This is due to start on April 4th and my benefits run out on 31st march. My question is it worth applying for sickness again while doing that or would I have no chance? And would it look bad if Ive been in the support group and now I'm considering doing something like this? It would be very out of my comfort zone but I don't want to be on benefits forever. I could do with the extra money and not with the extra pressure from job centre

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    Hi,

    I'm a little confused because you say you're in the Support Group, yet your benefit runs out on 31st March? ESA doesn't just run out or stop unless you've been found fit for work. Have you been sent another ESA50 form? If not then just because it says you're in the support Group until this date it doesn't mean that your money will stop on this date.

    The date means that they could possibly contact you by that time by sending you another ESA50 form. If you haven't had it by that date your money will continue. It will continue until you're re-assessed and if you're found fit for work it then stops. Lots of people go way over the time and some even go over by a year or more.

    If you haven't been found fit for work then you can do permitted work and work a maximum of 16 hours per week and earn no more than £120. You MUST tell them you're working by contacting DWP before you start work as you'll need to fill out a form. Any money you earn up to that amount doesn't affect any other benefits you could be claiming. For more info google permitted work.

    Any work you do could go against you when you have your next re-view if it contradicts the reasons why you claim ESA. Hope this helps.

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      I'm on universal credit and I presumed it runs out after a year? Would I not need to be reassessed either way?

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      No, it doesn't run out after 1 year. They will send you another UC50 form in time. As you're on UC and not ESA then it's a UC50 form they will send you and not ESA50.

      They wouldn't know you're fit for work without an assessment because they can't find you fit for work without one.

      As you're on UC then permitted work doesn't exist, it's only for those on ESA.

      ANY changes of circumstances must always be reported.

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