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Work-related activity group

If it is decided at the work capability assessment that you do not have a limited capability for work-related activity, you will be put in the work-related activity group of claimants. You will get a lower rate of employment and support allowance (ESA) than if put in the support group. You will have to meet strict work-related conditions to continue getting the benefit in full. This will involve attending a series of work-focused interviews and possibly taking part in ‘work-related activity’. You cannot be required, as part of work-related activity, to apply for a job, do work or undergo medical treatment.

If you are getting contributory ESA, the award of this will be limited to 12 months, although you may be able to claim income-related ESA once the award has come to an end.