Work-related activity group
What is the employment and support allowance work-related activity group?The ESA work-related activity group is for claimants who the DWP consider will be capable of work at some time in the future and who are capable of taking steps towards moving into work (work-related activities) immediately.
What are the main differences between the work-related activity group and the support group?The major differences are that:
- ESA work-related activity group members have to attend work-focused interviews and undertake work-related activities, such as training or condition management programmes, but support group members do not;
- ESA work-related activity group members get less money because the work-related activity component is paid at a lower rate than the support component;
- if the government introduce a proposed one year limit on claiming contributory ESA, this will apply to members of the work-related activity group, but not to members of the support group.