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Work Capability Assessment - After the Work Capability assessment

The Work Capability Assessment is used to decide whether or not you are fit for work for ESA and Universal Credit.

After the Work Capability assessment

After looking at the health care professional's report, and also your questionnaire the DWP decision maker will decide whether you have scored enough points (fifteen points) to be considered to have Limited Capability for Work.

If you get ESA the Decision Maker will write to you to say whether you have passed the assessment and will continue to receive ESA, or have failed and therefore will not be entitled to carry on getting ESA.

If you get Universal Credit the Decision Maker will attach a letter to your journal to say whether you have passed the assessment or not. You can continue to get Universal Credit whether or not you pass, but if you fail you might have to start looking for work. 

The letter will confirm what group you have been placed in if you have passed the assessment.

The Decision Maker’s decision letter should contain a summary of the Health Care Professional's report, and a summary of the points you scored.

If you disagree with the decision, you can request a reconsideration of the decision.

See: Challenging an Employment and Support Allowance decision  

        How do I challenge a Universal Credit decision?

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