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ESA Allowance Limited Capability For Work Assessment

Here's a heads up on what the assessor is marking you on, please be aware they will not ask all the questions outright, from the moment your walk or wheel in you are under observation and your demeanor and the way you act is duly noted. It's also a good idea to get a lift off a family member or relative to the assessment center, this carries more weight.

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Schedule 2 - Regulation 19(2) and (3) Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008

A person will be considered to pass the 'limited capability for work' test if they are able to score 15 points or more under either Part 1 (Physical Conditions) or Part 2 (Mental Conditions) of the test. If a person is unable to do so, then they may still be considered to pass the test if they are able to score 15 points or more from combining their physical and mental health scores.

Whilst points scored from each heading may be added together, only the highest score from within each heading may count. For example, a person who is able to meet conditions (c) 15 points and (d) 9 points in the 'walking' test would score 15 points only not 24 points. However, a person who scores 9 points under the 'walking' test and 6 points under the 'standing and sitting test' would achieve a total score of 15 points.

Further, a person who scored 9 points under 'reaching' and 9 points under 'memory and concentration' would score 18 points. In both of the latter two examples the person would be deemed to pass the test because their overall score was at least 15 points.
   

Part 1: Physical disabilities

1. Walking with a stick or other aid if such aid is normally used.
  1. Cannot walk at all.15 Points
  2. Cannot walk more than 50 metres on level ground without repeatedly stopping or severe discomfort.15 Points
  3. Cannot walk up or down two steps even with support of a handrail.15 Points
  4. Cannot walk more than 100 metres on level ground without repeatedly stopping or severe discomfort.9 Points
  5. Cannot walk more than 200 metres on level ground without repeatedly stopping or severe discomfort.6 Points
  6. None of the above apply.0 Points
2. Standing and sitting.
  1. Cannot stand for more than 10 minutes, unassisted by another person, even if free to move around, before needing to sit down.15 Points
  2. Cannot sit in a chair with a high back and no arms for more than 10 minutes before needing to move from the chair because the degree of discomfort experienced makes it impossible to continue sitting.15 Points
  3. Cannot rise to standing from sitting in an upright chair without physical assistance from another person.15 Points
  4. Cannot move between one seated position and another seated position located next to one another without receiving physical assistance from another person.15 Points
  5. Cannot stand for more than 30 minutes, even if free to move around, before needing to sit down.6 Points
  6. Cannot sit in a chair with a high back and no arms for more than 30 minutes without needing to move from the chair because the degree of discomfort experienced makes it impossible to continue sitting.6 Points
  7. None of the above apply.0 Points
3. Bending or kneeling.
  1. Cannot bend to touch knees and straighten up again.15 Points
  2. Cannot bend, kneel or squat, as if to pick a light object, such as a piece of paper, situated 15cm from the floor on a low shelf, and to move it and straighten up again without the help of another person.9 Points
  3. Cannot bend, kneel or squat, as if to pick a light object off the floor and straighten up again without the help of another person.6 Points
  4. None of the above apply.0 Points
4. Reaching.
  1. Cannot raise either arm as if to put something in the top pocket of a coat or jacket.15 Points
  2. Cannot put either arm behind back as if to put on a coat or jacket.15 Points
  3. Cannot raise either arm to top of head as if to put on a hat.9 Points
  4. Cannot raise either arm above head height as if to reach for something.6 Points
  5. None of the above apply.0 Points
5. Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms excluding all other activities specified in Part 1 of this Schedule.
  1. Cannot pick up and move a 0.5 litre carton full of liquid with either hand.15 Points
  2. Cannot pick up and move a one litre carton full of liquid with either hand.9 Points
  3. Cannot pick up and move a light but bulky object such as an empty cardboard box, requiring the use of both hands together.6 Points
  4. None of the above apply.0 Points
6. Manual dexterity.
  1. Cannot turn a star-headed sink tap with either hand.15 Points
  2. Cannot pick up a £1 coin or equivalent with either hand.15 Points
  3. Cannot turn the pages of a book with either hand.15 Points
  4. Cannot physically use a pen or pencil.9 Points
  5. Cannot physically use a conventional keyboard or mouse.9 Points
  6. Cannot do up/undo small buttons such as a shirt or blouse buttons.9 Points
  7. Cannot turn a star-headed sink tap with one hand but can with the other.6 Points
  8. Cannot pick up a £1 coin or equivalent with one hand but can with the other.6 Points
  9. Cannot pour from an open 0.5 litre carton full of liquid.6 Points
  10. None of the above apply.0 Points
7. Speech.
  1. Cannot speak at all.15 Points
  2. Speech cannot be understood by strangers.15 Points
  3. Strangers have great difficulty understanding speech.9 Points
  4. Strangers have some difficulty understanding speech.6 Points
  5. None of the above apply.0 Points
8. Hearing with a hearing aid or other aid if normally worn.
  1. Cannot hear at all.15 Points
  2. Cannot hear well enough to be able to hear someone talking in a loud voice in a quiet room sufficiently clearly to distinguish the words being spoken.15 Points
  3. Cannot hear someone talking in a normal voice in a quiet room sufficiently clearly to distinguish the words being spoken.9 Points
  4. Cannot hear someone talking in a loud voice in a busy street sufficiently clearly to distinguish the words being spoken.6 Points
  5. None of the above apply.0 Points
9. Vision including visual acuity and visual fields in normal daylight or bright electric light with glasses or other aid to vision if such aid is normally worn.
  1. Cannot see at all.15 Points
  2. Cannot see well enough to read 16 point print at a distance of greater than 20cm.15 Points
  3. Has 50% or greater reduction of visual fields.15 Points
  4. Cannot see well enough to recognise a friend at a distance of at least 5 metres.9 Points
  5. Has 25% or more but less than 50% reduction of visual fields.6 Points
  6. Cannot see well enough to recognise a friend at a distance of at least 15 metres.6 Points
  7. None of the above apply.0 Points
10. (a) Continence other than enuresis (bed wetting) where the claimant does not have an artificial stoma or urinary collecting device.
  1. Has no voluntary control over the evacuation of the bowel.15 Points
  2. Has no voluntary control over the voiding of the bladder.15 Points
  3. At least once a month loses control of bowels so that the claimant cannot control the full evacuation of the bowel.15 Points
  4. At least once a week loses control of bladder so that the claimant cannot control the full voiding of the bladder.15 Points
  5. Occasionally loses control of bowels so that the claimant cannot control the full evacuation of the bowel.9 Points
  6. At least once a month loses control of bladder so that the claimant cannot control the full voiding of the bladder.6 Points
  7. Risks losing control of bowels or bladder so that the claimant cannot control the full evacuation of the bowel of the full voiding of the bladder if not able to reach a toilet quickly.6 Points
  8. None of the above apply.0 Points
10. (b) Continence where the claimant uses a urinary collecting device, worn for the majority of the time including an indwelling urethral or suprapubic catheter.
  1. Is unable to affix remove or empty the catheter bag or other collecting device without receiving physical assistance from another person.15 Points
  2. Is unable to affix remove or empty the catheter bag or other collecting device without causing leakage of contents.15 Points
  3. Has no voluntary control over the evacuation of the bowel.15 Points
  4. At least once a month loses control of bowels so that the claimant cannot control the full evacuation of the bowel.15 Points
  5. Occasionally loses control of bowels so that the claimant cannot control the full evacuation of the bowel.9 Points
  6. Risks losing control of bowels so that the claimant cannot control the full evacuation of the bowel if not able to reach a toilet quickly.6 Points
  7. None of the above apply.0 Points
10. (c) Continence other than enuresis (bed wetting) where the claimant has an artificial stoma.
  1. Is unable to affix, remove or empty stoma appliance without receiving physical assistance from another person.15 Points
  2. Is unable to affix, remove or empty stoma appliance without causing leakage of contents.15 Points
  3. Where the claimant's artificial stoma relates solely to the evacuation of the bowel, at least once a week, loses control of bladder so that the claimant cannot control the full voiding of the bladder.15 Points
  4. Where the claimant's artificial stoma relates solely to the evacuation of the bowel loses control of bladder so that the claimant cannot control the full voiding of the bladder.9 Points
  5. Where the claimant's artificial stoma relates solely to the evacuation of the bowel risks losing control of the bladder so that the claimant cannot control the full voiding of the bladder if not able to reach a toilet quickly.6 Points
  6. None of the above apply.0 Points
11. Remaining conscious during waking moments.
  1. At least once a week has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration.15 Points
  2. At least once a month has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration.9 Points
  3. At least twice in the six months immediately preceding the assessment has had an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration.6 Points
  4. None of the above apply.0 Points
To View Part 2: Mental, cognitive and intellectual function - Click Here

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