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ESA work capability assessment.

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natalelo
natalelo Community member Posts: 1 Listener
Hey im new to the this so please be patient with me, I have currently been on long term sick from my employer since April last year since I suffered a life changing illness. My SSP ran out in October so I have been in receipt of ESA contribution based and just had my work capability assessment I was just wondering how long this takes to hear back from them in regards to a decision? I also claim UC with my husband (who works 40+ hrs) if found unfit for work and put into the support category of ESA does that mean we will be entitled to LCWRA and if so how long will it take for the payment to be added to my reward. Also if in the support group do I still have to provide Fit noyes? Sorry for all the questions I just have no knowledge of this 😔 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,009 Disability Gamechanger
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    The decision can take up to about 12 weeks. If placed into the Support Group for ESA you will be entitled to £117.60/week from the 14th week of your claim.

    For UC you will also be entitled to LCWRA element from the 4th month after you reported your health condition, providing you sent a fit note within 7 days of that and continued to send them without any gaps until a decision was made.

    The ESA will continue to be deducted in full from any UC entitlement.

    If you don't currently have the work allowance for UC then you will also be entitled to that. This means that a certain amount of earnings received each month will be ignored before the deductions apply. If you claim for help with the rent your work allowance will be £344, if you don't it will be £573/month. The work allowance will apply from the assessment period in which your reported your health condition/sent your first fit note.

    No further fit notes will be needed, regardless of what the decision is and this applies to both ESA and UC.

    For ESA if placed into the WRAG there's no extra money and payments will end after 1 year. For UC this will be LCW and there will be no extra payments but the work allowance will still apply.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,982 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2023
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    I would just like to add a warm welcome @natalelo. It is great to see you have joined us.

    Please don't apologise for asking questions! That's what we are here for - to support you and listen to you.

    Additionally, please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anything else we can do to support you or if you have any other questions  :)
    Community Volunteer Adviser with professional knowledge of education, special educational needs and disabilities and EHCP's. Pronouns: She/her. 

    Please note: if I use the online community outside of its hours of administration, I am doing so in a personal capacity only.
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