The work capability assessment (WCA) applies in both employment and support allowance (ESA) and universal credit (UC). Claimants who fail the WCA can challenge that on appeal, but need support and advice. This course looks at appeal issues and tactics, including the developing body of caselaw.
The course covers:
Entitlement to benefit while challenging a decision
Submissions, medical evidence and other tactical issues
Mandatory reconsideration – problems and practice
Important work capability assessment caselaw
This course is aimed at advisers with a working knowledge of ESA and UC, including of challenging decisions. It concentrates on issues concerning the WCA and appeal tactics.
Methods of delivery and timings
This one-day standard level course runs from 10.00 to 13.00 across two consecutive mornings, with a 30 minute break at 11.15. It is delivered live online, via Zoom, with CPAG trainer Steve Johnson.
It is a practical course delivered using a combination of trainer presentation, exercises and group discussion. Participants will be provided with supporting e-learning material, including PowerPoint slides and access to exercises and activities hosted on CPAG’s e-learning platform.
What you will need
Participants will need a Wi-Fi connection and a suitable device to access the internet. Prior to the event, participants will receive an email with a link which they should use to join the event and access supporting materials.