If you are claiming Universal Credit or New-Style Employment and Support Allowance, in some situations you can be treated as having a limited capability for work without needing to have a Work Capability Assessment. These situations are listed below.
If you are terminally ill and not expected to live for more than six months you will not need to have a work capability assessment.
You may not need a work capability assessment if you are:
You may not need a work capability assessment if you are prevented by law from working because you have been in contact with certain infections or contaminants and have been, or are likely to have been, infected or contaminated.
If you have an illness, disease or disablement that could cause a substantial risk to your physical or mental health or that of someone else you may not need a work capability assessment. This can include pregnancy where the effect of work could cause a risk to you or your unborn child.
This category does not apply if the risk could be reduced significantly by:
If you have a life-threatening disease which cannot be controlled by any recognised therapeutic procedure you may not need a work capability assessment.
If you have reached state Pension Credit age and are entitled to Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment you will not need to have a work capability assessment for Universal Credit.
If you fit into one of the categories above your adviser will tell you to ask your GP or specialist to provide a completed DS1500 form giving details about your situation. This will form part of the information the Department for Work and Pensions uses when deciding whether or not you have Limited Capability for Work.