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Key points of this subject

  1. To get ESA, or the limited capability for work element of UC, the DWP must decide you are too unwell to work and they do this by asking you to complete a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
  2. The DWP will send you a health questionnaire that asks questions about how your illness affects your ability to work.
  3. It is important to give lots of information about how your illness affects you in the health questionnaire.
  4. You will probably need to go to a medical assessment to see how your condition affects your life and ability to work.
  5. If the DWP decides you are well enough to work, you will not get ESA or UC with the limited capability for work element.
  6. If you get ESA, you will be in the work-related activity group (WRAG) or the support group (SG).
  7. In UC, you may be awarded the limited capability for work element (LCW), or the limited capability for work-related activity element (LCWRA).

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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