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ESA carer; do i need to attend work focused interviews or do work related activity?

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I think i've found the answer (as usual jobcentre didn't follow proper protocol) but to help others i'll post some links.




Page 4 seems to say that i am exempt from any work related requirements due to being a carer. On page 9 claimants who must attend WFI but are not subject to WRA are dealt with separately.


From https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advice-for-decision-making-staff-guide




The above details what happens after completing the work programme (NJWFI is the appointment you will likely have had after first being awarded ESA, linked at bottom). Take away is that voluntary claimants (those exempt from WFI and WRA) don't need to attend the completer appointment that follows the work programme (may be another request to attend within 26 weeks). Participation is PWPS remains voluntary in any case.


30. For purposes of Post Work Programme Support voluntary claimants are:

 Support Group

 Credits Only

 Full Time Carers

 Lone Parents with a youngest child under one

 Claimants at or over the age at which they are eligible to receive

Pension Credit

 Claimants awaiting their initial WCA outcome

 Claimants appealing a WCA decision that they have no LCW i.e.

disallowed ESA

 IB claimants


NJWFI link:



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