Capability for Work Questionnaire (New-style ESA form, different to online benefits calculator)
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I have applied for New-style ESA online. Initially I used an online calculator (here on MSE) to see how much I would be entitled to.
However, I have now received my Capability for Work Questionnaire in the post, and I notice that the questions in the paper Questionnaire are slightly different to the online Calculator.
In the online calculator, some of the options within "Part 1: Physical disabilities" read as follows:
Activity 1: Mobilising unaided by another person with or without a walking stick, manual wheelchair or other aid if such aid can reasonably be used.
i) mobilise more than 100 metres on level ground without stopping in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion;
(ii) repeatedly mobilise 100 metres within a reasonable timescale because of significant discomfort or exhaustion.
Activity 2: Standing and sitting
(b) 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);
(ii) sitting (even in an adjustable chair) for more than 30 minutes, before needing to move away in order to avoid significant discomfort or exhaustion.
However, the paper Questionnaire words these questions differently:
1: Moving around and using steps
How far can you move safely and repeatedly on level ground without needing to stop?
[ ] 50 Metres
[ ] 100 metres
[ ] 200 metres or more
[ ] It varies
2: Standing and sitting
While you are standing or sitting (or a combination of the two) how long can you stay in one place and be pain free without the help of another person?
[ ] Less than 30 minutes
[ ] 30 minutes to one hour
[ ] More than one hour
[ ] It varies
I selected the two blue options when completing the online calculator, but due to the different wording, I don't know which of the red options to choose on the paper questionnaire, to ensure that the answers reflect what I entered in the calculator. For example, the online calc said "Cannot mobilise more than 100 metres", but to choose 100 metres on the paper form might suggest that I can mobilise 100 metres +.
Any guidance would be appreciated.
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It does go by the majority of time, so tick whichever you feel is most representative - but far more important is the explanation you give about what you can and can't do, and why. The online resource you used was of the legal descriptors used to decide scoring, which are all that matter. The wording on the form does not affect those, which is why your case and clearly stating your limits are of greatest importance. The form is simply a tool for eliciting information.
(However I do understand feeling anxious about ticking the right box - for me the mobilising one doesn't have an appropriate option, so I think I probably just went with 'it varies' because technically it does, but also because no other option was even remotely appropriate.)
https://www.newcastle.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Welfare Rights/esa50 guide april 2019.pdf