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Activity 4: Picking up and moving or transferring

Activity 4 is defined in regulations as -

Picking up and moving or transferring by the use of the upper body and arms.

Activity 4 assesses the ability to pick up and transfer articles at waist level, a level that requires neither bending down and lifting, nor reaching upwards. A claimant's upper limb power, joint movement and coordination may have to be considered.


Descriptors

The descriptors that relate to Activity 4 are -

  1. Cannot pick up and move a 0.5 litre carton full of liquid. 15 points
  2. Cannot pick up and move a one litre carton full of liquid. 9 points
  3. Cannot transfer a light but bulky object such as an empty cardboard box. 6 points
  4. None of the above applies. 0 points

Sources:

  • Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 (SI.No.794/2008)  (applies to income-related and contributory ESA in a universal credit live service area).
  • Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 (SI.No.379/2013) (applies to contributory ESA in a universal credit full service area).
  • Part 1 of Schedule 6 to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (SI.No.376/2013) (applies to universal credit).

See also section 3.2.5 of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.


Case law

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