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    Hi, there,

    I have found myself in a pickle and am searching for some advice as I am not at all sure how to sort this one out...

    I was put onto housing benefit and ESA a fair few months ago - shortly thereafter I began working as an escort and was earning enough money to start renting a flat alone. I have cancelled the housing benefit, and am not sure what to do about the ESA... How can I cancel this? What can I say should they ask me what I am working as/for? I'm pretty sure that escorting is legal but I'm not 100% on this so I've got no idea how to handle this - but really do not want to get into trouble for benefit fraud, especially as I am now privately renting a flat and do not need the income support at all. I also am on disability benefits, which I am in the process of writing a letter to the council to cancel as I no longer qualify, but with that one I know how to rectify it... it's the ESA I'm stumped with.

    Advice?

    Thanks!
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    (Original post by cccesca)
    Hi, there,

    I have found myself in a pickle and am searching for some advice as I am not at all sure how to sort this one out...

    I was put onto housing benefit and ESA a fair few months ago - shortly thereafter I began working as an escort and was earning enough money to start renting a flat alone. I have cancelled the housing benefit, and am not sure what to do about the ESA... How can I cancel this? What can I say should they ask me what I am working as/for? I'm pretty sure that escorting is legal but I'm not 100% on this so I've got no idea how to handle this - but really do not want to get into trouble for benefit fraud, especially as I am now privately renting a flat and do not need the income support at all. I also am on disability benefits, which I am in the process of writing a letter to the council to cancel as I no longer qualify, but with that one I know how to rectify it... it's the ESA I'm stumped with.

    Advice?

    Thanks!
    I don't think escorting is illegal. Just tell them that's what you do?
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    Jeez, who buys a disabled escort

    Phone up and say you've got a job.

    Simples.
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    You just need to tell them you want to come off it. They don't need to know why.
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    (Original post by cccesca)
    I'm pretty sure that escorting is legal
    It is 100% legal and nothing to be ashamed of
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    THere's no reason for it to be illegal: it's not prostitution, although some escorts do get paid for it (as you probably know)

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