WRAG descriptors

Regulation 29

The WRAG = The Work Related Activity Group.

 

REGULATION 29  as amended Jan 2013

Entitles you to be placed in the WRAG because work carries a substantial risk (of harm or being made more ill) to you or to another person
Exceptional circumstances 29:

(1) A claimant who does not have limited capability for work as determined in accordance with the limited capability for work assessment is to be treated as having limited capability for work if paragraph (2) applies to the claimant.

(2) Subject to paragraph (3), This paragraph applies if—
(a) the claimant is suffering from a life threatening disease in relation to which—
(i) there is medical evidence that the disease is uncontrollable, or uncontrolled, by a recognised therapeutic procedure; and
(ii) in the case of a disease that is uncontrolled, there is a reasonable cause for it not to be controlled by a recognised therapeutic procedure; or
(b) the claimant suffers from some specific disease or bodily or mental disablement and, by reasons of such disease or disablement, there would be a substantial risk to the mental or physical health of any person if the claimant were found not to have limited capability for work
(3) Paragraph (2)(b) does not apply where the risk could be reduced by a significant
amount by—
(a) reasonable adjustments being made in the claimant’s workplace; or
(b) the claimant taking medication to manage the claimant’s condition where such medication has been prescribed for the claimant by a registered medical practitioner treating the claimant.

LIMITED CAPABILITY FOR WORK DESCRIPTORS

All the following descriptors are qualified with the safely, to an acceptable standard, as often as you need to and in a reasonable length of time*

this means, for instance, with descriptor 1, that if you are able to walk more than 50 metres, with pain, on a good day but if you can’t do it most days and you couldn’t do it several times a day, then you fit the descriptor.

* bolded section copied from the ESA50 form


Descriptor 1Mobilising

unaided by another person with or without a walking stick, manual wheelchair or other aid if such aid is normally, or could reasonably be worn or used

(a) Cannot either:

(i) mobilise more than 50 metres on level ground without stopping in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion; or 

(ii) repeatedly mobilise 50 metres within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion. 15 points and also a Support Group descriptor

(b) Cannot mount or descend two steps unaided by another person even with the support of a handrail.    9 points

(c) Cannot either:

(i) mobilise more than 100 metres on level ground without stopping in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion; or

(ii) repeatedly mobilise 100 metres within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion.    9 points

(d) Cannot either:

(i) mobilise more than 200 metres on level ground without stopping in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion; or

(ii) repeatedly mobilise 200 metres within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion.   6 points

(e) None of the above apply     0 points

2. Standing and sitting.

(a) 15 points and also a Support Group descriptor
Cannot move between one seated position and another seated position located next to one another without receiving physical assistance from another person.

(b) 9 points

Cannot, for the majority of the time, remain at a work station, either:
(i) standing unassisted by another person (even if free to move around) or;
(ii) sitting (even in an adjustable chair); or
(iii) a combination of (i) and (ii),
for more than 30 minutes, before needing to move away in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion.

(c) 6 points
Cannot, for the majority of the time, remain at a work station, either:
(i) standing unassisted by another person (even if free to move around) or;
(ii) sitting (even in an adjustable chair); or
(iii) a combination of (i) and (ii),
for more than an hour, before needing to move away in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion.

(d) 0 points

None of the above apply.



3. Reaching.


(a) 15 points and also a Support Group descriptor

Cannot raise either arm as if to put something in the top pocket of a coat or jacket. 


(b) 9 points

Cannot raise either arm to top of head as if to put on a hat.

(c) 6 points.

Cannot raise either arm above head height as if to reach for something.
(d) None of the above apply.  0 points


4. Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms.


(a) 15 points and also a Support Group descriptor

Cannot pick up and move a 0.5 litre carton full of liquid.

(b) 9 points

Cannot pick up and move a one litre carton full of liquid.

(c) 6 points

Cannot transfer a light but bulky object such as an empty cardboard box.

(d) 0 points

None of the above apply.

5. Manual dexterity.

 

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