Work Capability Assessment - Groups
What is the support group?
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) might think you cannot work or take part in ‘work-related activity’. In this case you will go into the ‘support group’. The amount of money you get each week will be more if you are in the support group.
If you are in the support group you don’t have to take part in any interviews with the DWP until your claim is renewed. But if you would like their help to find a job you can still access their Work Programme scheme.
If you are in the support group you will be re-assessed every 1, 2 or 3 years.
But from 29 September 2017 you will no longer need to be reassessed if you:
- have a severe, lifelong disability, illness or health condition, and
- are unlikely to ever be able to move into work.
You will be told if you will not be reassessed. The DWP have not said how this will affect people with severe mental illness.
What is the work related activity group (WRAG)?
If the DWP decide you can’t work, but can do ‘work-related activity’ they will put you in the work-related activity group (WRAG).
In the WRAG, you have to go to the Work Programme. This will include ‘work focused interviews’. At the interviews you could talk about:
- the type of work you would like to do,
- what is stopping you from getting back to work,
- how you could deal with things that stop you,
- training courses you could go on, or
- help with writing your CV.
After your work focused interview they will give you an action plan explaining what you have agreed to do. This action plan should take into account your mental health condition.
Being in the WRAG is not the same as being on Jobseeker’s Allowance. If you do not get a job whilst in the WRAG your benefit will not be stopped.
But your money could be reduced or stopped if you don’t take part in work focused interviews without good reason. You should tell your personal adviser if you cannot go to an appointment as soon as you know.
You will usually be placed into the WRAG for 1, 2 or 3 years. After this you will be re-assessed.
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