Search Legislation

The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016

What Version

 Help about what version
  • Latest available (Revised)
  • Original (As made)

Status:

This is the original version (as it was originally made). This item of legislation is currently only available in its original format.

PART 1PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

(1)(2)(3)
ActivityDescriptorsPoints

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

Cannot, unaided by another person, 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
(d)

Cannot, unaided by another person, 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
(e)None of the above applies.0
2. Standing and sitting.(a)Cannot move between one seated position and another seated position which are located next to one another without receiving physical assistance from another person.15
(b)

Cannot, for the majority of the time, remain at a work station—

(i) standing unassisted by another person (even if free to move around),

(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.

9
(c)

Cannot, for the majority of the time, remain at a work station—

(i) standing unassisted by another person (even if free to move around),

(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.

6
(d)None of the above applies.0
3. Reaching.(a)Cannot raise either arm as if to put something in the top pocket of a coat or jacket.15
(b)Cannot raise either arm to top of head as if to put on a hat.9
(c)Cannot raise either arm above head height as if to reach for something.6
(d)None of the above applies.0
4. Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms.(a)Cannot pick up and move a 0∙5 litre carton full of liquid.15
(b)Cannot pick up and move a one litre carton full of liquid.9
(c)Cannot transfer a light but bulky object such as an empty cardboard box.6
(d)None of the above applies.0
5. Manual dexterity.(a)Cannot press a button (such as a telephone keypad) with either hand or cannot turn the pages of a book with either hand.15
(b)Cannot pick up a £1 coin or equivalent with either hand.15
(c)Cannot use a pen or pencil to make a meaningful mark with either hand.9
(d)Cannot single-handedly use a suitable keyboard or mouse.9
(e)None of the above applies.0
6. Making self understood through speaking, writing, typing or other means which are normally or could reasonably be used, unaided by another person.(a)Cannot convey a simple message, such as the presence of a hazard.15
(b)Has significant difficulty conveying a simple message to strangers.15
(c)Has some difficulty conveying a simple message to strangers.6
(d)None of the above applies.0

7. Understanding communication by—

(i) verbal means (such as hearing or lip reading) alone,

(ii) non-verbal means (such as reading 16 point print or Braille) alone, or

(iii) a combination of (i) and (ii),

using any aid that is normally or could reasonably be used, unaided by another person.

(a)Cannot understand a simple message, such as the location of a fire escape, due to sensory impairment.15
(b)Has significant difficulty understanding a simple message from a stranger due to sensory impairment.15
(c)Has some difficulty understanding a simple message from a stranger due to sensory impairment.6
(d)None of the above applies.0
8. Navigation and maintaining safety using a guide dog or other aid if either or both are normally used or could be reasonably used.(a)Unable to navigate around familiar surroundings, without being accompanied by another person, due to sensory impairment.15
(b)Cannot safely complete a potentially hazardous task such as crossing the road, without being accompanied by another person, due to sensory impairment.15
(c)Unable to navigate around unfamiliar surroundings, without being accompanied by another person, due to sensory impairment.9
(d)None of the above applies.0
9. Absence or loss of control whilst conscious leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or bladder, other than enuresis (bed-wetting), despite the wearing or use of any aids or adaptations which are normally or could reasonably be worn or used.(a)

At least once a month experiences—

(i) loss of control leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or voiding of the bladder, or

(ii) substantial leakage of the contents of a collecting device,

sufficient to require cleaning and a change in clothing.

15
(b)The majority of the time is at risk of loss of control leading to extensive evacuation of the bowel and/or voiding of the bladder, sufficient to require cleaning and a change in clothing, if not able to reach a toilet quickly.6
(c)Neither of the above applies.0
10. Consciousness during waking moments.(a)At least once a week, has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration.15
(b)At least once a month, has an involuntary episode of lost or altered consciousness resulting in significantly disrupted awareness or concentration.6
(c)Neither of the above applies.0

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made):The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Explanatory Memorandum

Explanatory Memorandum sets out a brief statement of the purpose of a Statutory Rule and provides information about its policy objective and policy implications. They aim to make the Statutory Rule accessible to readers who are not legally qualified and accompany any Northern Ireland Statutory Rule or Draft Northern Ireland Statutory Rule laid before the UK Parliament during the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as made version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources