Work Related Activity Group and Support Group

Work related activity group

People are placed in this group if they are accepted as having limited capability for work. The limited capability for work assessment is applied after the end of the 13 week assessment phase of ESA. The first part of the descriptors relates to physical problems and the second part relates to mental health and cognitive impairments. The assessment looks at how you can carry out certain activities. The assessment will take into account whether the activity can only be done slowly or with pain or only on certain days. It will also take into account how often the activity could be repeated. If an activity caimagennot be performed reliably, without pain and with a reasonable regularity it should not be counted. It is important to put forward any arguments you have about this.

Only one score can be achieved from under each heading and this will always be the highest one if several are possible.

Any combination of scores from either the physical or mental health descriptors can be added together to achieve the 12 points needed to be accepted as meeting the test.

There is an alternative argument for the work related activity group if it is accepted that there would be a substantial risk to your mental or physical health or the mental or physical health of someone else if you were found not to have a limited capability for work. You would need to identify the risks and explain these. You could forward arguments about any risks to your physical or mental health which arose when you were in work.

Support Group

People are placed in this group if they are accepted as having limited capability for work related activity. This assessment is accepted if you are able to meet any one of the descriptors in the relevant list Work Capability Assessment. As for the work related activity assessment, this is considered taking into account your reliability in undertaking the activity, as well as pain and your ability to repeat it within a reasonable timescale. Many of the descriptors are the same as the highest scoring points from the work related activity assessment. There are some additional descriptors for eating and drinking which are not included in the work related activity assessment.

There is an alternative argument for the support group if it is accepted that there would be a substantial risk to your mental or physical health or the mental or physical health of someone else if you were found not to have a limited capability for work related activity. You would need to identify the risks and explain these. This test is often considered at appeal and DWP would normally be asked to identify the work related activity they would consider to be reasonable for you in order for the test to be applied. If you have previously been placed in the work related activity group and have experienced physical or mental health problems as a result of the work related activity you have been asked including if you have been sanctioned, you could detail this and put this argument forward.

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