Work capability assessments

The temporary suspension of work capability assessments for three months was introduced as a policy decision without the need for legislation.

Legislation relating to this issue has not yet been added to universalcredit info.

Further explanation of the policy change in response to the COVID-19 outbreak is set out in guidance.

Three-month suspension of work capability assessments

Benefit reviews and reassessments suspended

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Further measures to protect the most vulnerable and their families (Northern Ireland)

The DWP (and the DfC in Northern Ireland) advise that there will be no new reviews or reassessments across all sickness and disability benefits for three months effective from 24 March 2020 - including universal credit awarded in relation to limited capability for work.

NB - on 22 June 2020 the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work Justin Tomlinson confirmed that ‘Reviews and reassessments remain suspended while we review what activity we can gradually start reintroducing in line with the latest public health advice.’

We’re not aware of any case law relating to this issue.