Employment and Support Allowance: the Work Capability Assessment: detailed guide

A detailed guide to the assessment carried out to determine the capability for work or work related activity of ESA claimants (ESA214).


A guide to Employment and Support Allowance – the Work Capability Assessment

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This detailed information about the Work Capability Assessment element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) is aimed mainly at professionals and contractors. It’s more complicated than the main information leaflets produced by DWP and some words or phrases may be unfamiliar.

Published 1 January 2013
Last updated 7 July 2016 + show all updates
  1. Published revised PDF including a clarified explanation of the different assessment criteria (including functional and non-functional descriptors) and updated terminology.

  2. First published.