Activity 13: Initiating and completing personal action
Activity 13 is defined in regulations as -
Initiating and completing personal action (which means planning, organisation, problem solving, prioritising or switching tasks).
Activity 13 assesses the ability to initiate and successfully complete tasks without the need for external prompting. A descriptor may be satisfied if there is a significant restriction of an individual’s ability to understand how to co-ordinate actions in the correct sequence such that they can't successfully complete any personal actions in a logical order.
The descriptors that relate to Activity 13 are -
- Cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least two sequential personal actions. 15 points
- Cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least two sequential personal actions for the majority of the time. 9 points
- Frequently cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least two sequential personal actions. 6 points
- None of the above applies. 0 points
- Part 2 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 2 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 2 of Schedule 6 to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (SI.No.376/2013) (applies to universal credit).
See also section 3.5.4 of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.
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- Activity 13 / how test of initiating or completing ‘sequential personal actions’ is to be applied
-  UKUT 458 (AAC)
Failure to properly assess effect of claimant’s mental health problems on application of ESA descriptors
-  UKUT 523 (AAC)
- Whether person suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder can reliably complete actions
-  UKUT 112 (AAC)
- Initiating and completing personal action (LCW)
- Majority of time / always
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
Whether person with limited capability for work has to be more severely disabled to qualify for the ‘support group’
-  UKUT 289 (AAC)