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ESA Reassessment Exemption Criteria

UPDATED 29.09.2017 - The Work Capability Assessment criteria has changed for some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and Universal Credit (UC) claimants.

ESA claimants in the support group and UC claimants with limited capability for work and work-related activity (LCWRA) attending a Work Capability Assessment from 29 September 2017 will no longer need to be reassessed if it finds that they:

“Have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition and are unlikely to ever be able to move into work.”

Claimants will be told if they will not be reassessed following their WCA.

In order to meet the criteria claimants will have to be placed in the ESA Support Group or, for Universal Credit claimants found to have "Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity".

Secondly, the assessment will have to demonstrate that:

1. The level of function will always meet Limited Capability for Work Related Activity criteria;

2. The condition will always be present.

3. No realistic prospect of recovery of function.

4. Unambiguous condition (i.e. following all relevant clinical investigations a recognised medical diagnosis has been made)

This change does not affect:

• ESA claimants placed in the work-related activity group

• UC claimants who are found to have limited capability for work"

• Personal Independence Payment claimants.

The new criteria only apply to assessments carried out after 29th September 2017. Claimants already in the Support Group or with claimants with limited capability for work and work-related activity will still have to attend their next reassessment whenever that might be.


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