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Last updated:
21/11/2017

Will I need a Work Capability Assessment to claim benefits?

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  1. Overview
  2. What is the Work Capability Assessment?
  3. How do I fill in the health questionnaire?
  4. Will I have to go for a medical assessment?
  5. What happens next?
  6. What is the support group or the limited capability for work-related activity element?
  7. What is the work-related activity group (WRAG)?
  8. Health questionnaire descriptors
  9. Assessment for limited capability for work-related activity
  10. Sample letter
  11. Next steps

You should now know more about what the work capability assessment is and if you have to have one

  1. Useful tools
  2. Useful contacts
  3. Still looking for help?

Some useful tools:

Useful contacts:

Universal Credit Helpline

Universal Credit is a payment to help with your living costs. It’s paid monthly - or twice a month for some people in Scotland. You may be able to get it if you’re on a low income or out of work. Whether you can claim Universal Credit depends on where you live and your circumstances.

Telephone - 0345 600 0723 Textphone: 0345 600 0743

(Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm)

Health Assessment Advisory Service

The health assessment advisory service arranges and carries out assessment for DWP.

Address - Customer Relations Team Health Assessment Advisory Service Room 4E04, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UA

Telephone - 0800 288 8777

(Mon – Fri 8am-8pm; Sat – 9am-5pm )

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice is a network of 316 independent charities throughout the United Kingdom that give free, confidential information and advice to assist people with money, legal, consumer and other problems. Web chat available on website.

Telephone - 03444 111 444

Same as costs calling 01 or 02 for landline

Within this subject

  1. Overview
  2. What is the Work Capability Assessment?
  3. How do I fill in the health questionnaire?
  4. Will I have to go for a medical assessment?
  5. What happens next?
  6. What is the support group or the limited capability for work-related activity element?
  7. What is the work-related activity group (WRAG)?
  8. Health questionnaire descriptors
  9. Assessment for limited capability for work-related activity
  10. Sample letter
  11. Next steps

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