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Universal credit and disability: work-related requirements

Universal credit and disability

To qualify for universal credit, you may need to meet certain work-related conditions, known as requirements. These are recorded in a claimant commitment.

If you have been assessed in a work capability assessment as having a ‘limited capability for work’, only the work-focused interview and work preparation requirements will apply to you.

If you have been assessed as having a ‘limited capability for work-related activity’, none of the requirements will apply to you.

If it is decided that you do not have a limited capability for work, all the work-related requirements will normally apply to you. This means that you will be expected to be available for work and to search for work.

You are normally expected to spend at least 35 hours each week searching for work. You are expected to search for work of at least 35 hours a week. However, in each case if you have a ‘physical or mental impairment’, the Department for Work and Pensions will agree to a reduced number of hours that it considers reasonable in the light of your impairment.

Where your impairment has a ‘substantial adverse effect’ on your ability to do work of a particular nature or in a particular place, you cannot be expected to be available for such work or in such a place.

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