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Work capability assessment and ESA50 form


Form ESA50 is a self-assessment questionnaire that most people getting Employment and Support Allowance must complete during the course of their claim.

The ESA50 can be very difficult to complete, and the information on this web page explains exactly what the assessment of incapacity for work is; how to complete the form; and what to do if you are not happy with the outcome of the assessment.

The form is designed to get your views on how your illness, condition or disability affects your ability to perform tasks and enjoy daily living activities. Along with the outcome of a medical, this information is used to help decide if you pass the assessment of limited capability for work. It also helps to decide which group of claimant you are placed into, and whether you have to perform work-related activity.

Download  Icon for pdf ESA work capability assessment factsheet, including advice to complete ESA50 form (F23) (PDF, 367.1kb) .

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