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If you claim UC because you are unable to work due to sickness or disability, you will need to obtain and supply a fit note to the Jobcentre from your GP confirming your medical condition.

You will enter a 13-week assessment phase and receive UC at the standard allowance rate.

During this time, you will be subject to work-related requirements although you can ask your work coach to modify your claimant commitment due to your health condition.

Around a month after you submit your first fit note, you will be sent a self-assessment Capability for Work questionnaire – UC50 - to complete. It is a test of your ability to perform certain activities and points are awarded based on your ability to carry them out.

You normally have four weeks to return the form to the Health Assessment Advisory Service (HAAS).

If it is not returned by this deadline you will be treated as being capable of work, unless you can show that you have good cause for not returning the questionnaire.

Once the UC50 has been returned, you are likely to be  required to attend a medical assessment carried out by a HAAS health professional.