Anyone who is assessed as having the most severe disabilities or health conditions will go into what is known as the Support group.  They will be exempt from Work Focused Interviews.

Support group people are those who have illnesses or disabilities that mean it is unreasonable to the requirement to them get involved with work-related activity as part of them receiving ESA.  Support group customers need to have a medical assessment review every three years at the most. That’s because some medical conditions can improve with treatment while others may decline despite treatment.  Depending on the outcome of the WCA, people will be placed in the Support group or may then be moved into the Work Related Activity Group or vice versa.

ESA focuses extra resources on those with the most severe disabilities.  This means they can be around £17 a week better off than under previous types of benefits with the new ESA system.