The Limited Capability for Work element only applies to claims started before April 2017, so is no longer relevent for new claims. This page is kept here for reference information only, please read the Health conditions that exempt you from work-related activity guide instead.
If you are claiming Universal Credit and start having certain treatments or health conditions, you may receive the Limited Capability for Work (LCW) element without needing to have a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
If you are:
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.
But this 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.
If you have reached state Pension Credit age and are entitled to Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
Your adviser will tell you to ask your GP or specialist to provide a completed DS1500 form giving details about your treatment or health condition. This will be part of the information the Department for Work and Pensions uses when deciding whether or not you have Limited Capability for Work.