Esa Assessment

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greenpatts23
greenpatts23 Community member Posts: 27 Connected
Hi, 
I have applied for new style esa, and I have just received a capability for work questionnaire to fill out, I would like to know is the telephone assessment the same as the pip telephone assessment? 
Also I would like to know rather than applying for esa can I just apply for UC on its own? 
Thanks in Advance 

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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,538 Championing
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    Hi there @greenpatts23 I can answer the first part of your post, the Work Capability Assessment (WCA) isn't the same as PIP. This is because PIP is about how things are for you day to day outside work, and WCA is about your fitness for work and work activities, 

    Does that make sense? :) 
  • greenpatts23
    greenpatts23 Community member Posts: 27 Connected
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    Hi @Alex_Scope
    thank you for getting back to me, oh ok so in the telephone assessment for WCA are the questions they ask will be different? 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,276 Championing
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    For the WCA they will want to know how your conditions affect you day to day. They will be assessing your ability to do any type of work because it's not about the work you can't do, it's about the work you can do.


    Also I would like to know rather than applying for esa can I just apply for UC on its own? 
    Thanks in Advance 
    UC is a means tested benefit. Whether there's any entitlement will depend on your circumstances. If you live with a partner you'll need to claim as a couple. If you have savings/capital of more than £16,000 you're excluded from claiming.

    If you claim UC at the same time then the ESA will be deducted in full from any UC entitlement. You can use a benefits calculator to check entitlement. https://www.entitledto.co.uk/benefits-calculator

    If it shows there's some entitlement then you'll need to make sure you report your health condition when you claim. You will then need to provide a fit note within 7 days of that.

  • greenpatts23
    greenpatts23 Community member Posts: 27 Connected
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    @poppy123456 Thank you for your help  :)
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,005 Championing
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    Hi @Alex_Scope
    thank you for getting back to me, oh ok so in the telephone assessment for WCA are the questions they ask will be different? 
    The questions are different.
  • greenpatts23
    greenpatts23 Community member Posts: 27 Connected
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    @calcotti
    thank you 
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,538 Championing
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    Glad to see the community can help @greenpatts23 all the best for it :) Let us know if we can help with anything further!
  • greenpatts23
    greenpatts23 Community member Posts: 27 Connected
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    @Alex_Scope Thank you  :)