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Activity 1: Mobilising

Activity 1 is defined in regulations as -

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.

Activity 1 assesses the ability to move around and to use steps - points are awarded depending on how far a claimant can move safely and repeatedly on level ground without needing to stop - including the use of aids such as a manual wheelchair, crutches or walking stick which are normally or could reasonably be used. The activity also assesses the ability to go up or down two steps without the help of another person.


Descriptors

The descriptors that relate to Activity 1 are -

  1. 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 points
  2. Cannot, unaided by another person, mount or descend two steps even with the support of a handrail. 9 points
  3. 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 points
  4. 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 points
  5. 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 3.2.2 of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.


Case law

Commentary:​ The reported decsion [2015] AACR 5 is made by a three-judge panel and considers many previous conflicting decisions about the factors to be taken into account in assessing whether it is reasonable for a person to use a wheelchair, and sets out guidance to the application of Activity 1 for claimants who do not normally use manual wheelchairs. | Add commentary or suggest an edit.