Q13 - starting and finishing tasks
This question is at the bottom of page 15 on the form - see what it looks like
How to answer the question
This question is about whether you can plan, organise and complete at least 2 routine tasks, one after the other.
The DWP isn't asking about your physical problems in this question. They want to know whether you have a mental health condition that affects your ability to start and finish routine tasks.
"Can you manage to plan, start and finish daily tasks?"
- It varies
Routine tasks are things including:
- collecting a prescription
- preparing a basic meal
- ironing clothes
- paying a bill
- making appointments
Think about whether you could complete 2 of these tasks, one after the other, for example before you leave the house to go to an appointment.
For example, imagine you're making a cup of tea and the phone rings. Would you be able to stop making the tea, answer the phone and then finish making the tea after the phone call?
Think about whether you'd be able to do these and other routine tasks repeatedly during the same day.
What to write in the box
It's important you tell the DWP more by explaining your situation in the box.
It's important to explain whether:
- your condition makes it hard for you to concentrate
- you need to be reminded or encouraged
- you get confused
- you get distracted
- you forget what you're doing
- your medication affects how you complete tasks
- your condition makes you lack motivation
your condition makes you lack energy or you get tired
you have good days and bad days
Subhi says: "I have bipolar disorder, and often find it hard to do simple things like pay my telephone bill. I spend all of my money on the wrong things, so I often can't pay for the things I really have to - and it gets me in trouble.
"I sometimes think about paying my bill, and even get my credit card details ready, but I just never do it as I've spent all my money on something else. I paid it really late and got fined last month, as by the time I'd got enough money together, it was overdue."
How the DWP assess this question
The DWP look at a list of statements called 'descriptors'. They'll give you a number of points depending on which descriptor applies to you.
The DWP add together all the points you get from the whole form. This means you can qualify for ESA even if you don't get all the points for this question.
Descriptors for question 13;
13 (a) Cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least 2 sequential personal actions.
|(b) Cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least 2 sequential personal actions for the majority of the time.||9|
|(c) Frequently cannot, due to impaired mental function, reliably initiate or complete at least 2 sequential personal actions.||6|
|(d) None of the above apply.||0|