Changes for people who have a Limited Capability for Work Overview

Claiming Employment and Support Allowance or Universal Credit when unfit for work?

New rules came into effect from 3rd April 2017 that may affect you.

If you make a new claim for ESA on or after 3rd April 2017 (either Contributory or Income-Related), and you are put in the Work Related Activity Group, you will not receive the Work Related Activity Component, which is worth £29.05 per week.

If you are claiming Universal Credit and you become sick on or after this date, similar rules mean you cannot have the Limited Capability for Work Element included in your award.

BUT it is still worth making a claim – or perhaps even challenging a previous ‘found fit’ decision.

Go to our ‘Changes for people who have a Limited Capability for Work’ page for further information and some useful tips.