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What is the ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire?

What is the ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire?

The ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire is sent to most people who make a claim for employment and support allowance ESA.  The form should be completed with great care as it can make a big difference to whether you have to have a medical as well as the eventual success of your claim.

Is there anything I should know before filling in the ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire?

Yes, there is – far too much to explain here.  But some of the questions give a highly misleading impression of the evidence you need to give and fail to make you aware of all the points you could score.  We produce highly detailed guides to completing the ESA50 form both on physical health and on mental health and learning difficulties grounds.

Should I send anything with the ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire?

Yes, you should send as much supporting evidence as you can.  Again, we give lots more details about this in our guides.

Can I get help with filling in the ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire?

Apart from our guides, you may be able to get help from a citizens advice bureau or similar advice agency.  Some national disability organisations may also help with filling in the ESA50 for the particular health condition they deal with.  You can get more details of who may be able to help with the ESA50 form from our 12 page guide to Getting help with your benefits, but you will need to register with the site first.

Can I download a copy of the ESA50 limited capability for work questionnaire?

Yes, you can download a copy of the ESA50 form from the directgov website (opens in a separate window).