UC50 and the 'all work-related activity group' (AWRAG)

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Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

If a Universal Credit claimant currently in the 'all work-related activity group' (AWRAG), how long a period of illness or hospitalisation covered by a 'fit-note' triggers them being sent a UC50?

During April 2019 to March 2020 how many AWRAG claimants submitted 'fit-notes' to UC covering a continuous unbroken period and what was the average time period (days, weeks or months) of these 'fit-notes'? I am happy to receive similar statistics or management information if you do not hold information that covers the way I have formulated my request.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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Dear Frank Zola,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 6th
June.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team

Dear Department for Work and Pensions,

Further to your request for clarification.

For sake of clarity when referring to:

"All work-related activity group"

I am referring to the terminology used by Citizen's Advice in:
https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefi...

Which states:

"All work-related activity group
You have to do all you can to find a job or earn more. This includes looking for jobs, applying for jobs and going to interviews"

As well as being mention in:

Intensive Work Search regime
"Work-related requirements
Within this regime, all work-related requirements can be legally applied..."
http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPaper...
IE: "all work-related requirements"

You refer to:

"Intensive Work Group"

But I am unable to find many references to this formulation of words, see:
https://www.startpage.com/do/dsearch?que...

My request for information only concerns Universal Credit. To help with my request I only require information concerning a UC claimant as a single person, who is unemployed and who's current claimant commitment expects them to spend 35 hours per week on work search and work preparation, which I had understood means such a person would be in the "All work-related activity group", as they have no personal circumstances aka exemptions that reduces their 35 hours a week expectation.

References to the 35 hour expectation and the phrase "all work-related requirements":

Intensive Work Search regime
"Work-related requirements
Within this regime, all work-related requirements can be legally applied...
The Service defaults to the maximum expected hours of work-related activities
per week for the relevant Labour Market regime. The maximum expected hours
for claimants in the Intensive Work Search regime is 35 hours per week."
http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPaper...

" You will be expected to look or prepare for work for 35 hours a week, depending on your circumstances."
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

The universal Credit Regulations (2013)
“Expected hours
88. —(1) The “expected number of hours per week” in relation to a claimant for the purposes of determining their individual threshold in regulation 90 or for the purposes of regulation 95 or 97 is 35… ”
http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2013/...

“J2084 The general rule is that, unless an exception applies, the expected number of hours per week is normally 35”
https://www.gov.uk/government/publicatio...

My revised FOI request:

Therefore when a UC claimant currently has accepted a Claimant Commitment (CC) that places then in 'Intensive Work Search regime' (IWSR), which includes an expectation to "look or prepare for work for 35 hours a week", how long would a new period of illness, evidenced by continuous unbroken 'fit-notes', triggers them being sent a UC50??

During April 2019 to March 2020 how many IWSR UC claimants submitted 'fit-notes' to UC covering a continuous unbroken period and what was the average time period (days, weeks or months) of these continuous unbroken 'fit-notes'?

Yours faithfully,

Frank Zola

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Dear Frank Zola,

I am writing in response to your request for information, received 17th
June.

Yours sincerely,

DWP Central FoI Team