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LCWRA - Advice Needed Please

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alittlebitalexis
alittlebitalexis Community member Posts: 11 Listener
Hi all

This is my first post but I've been a regular user of the site. Nice to virtually meet you all! A bit of background; for the last year my mental health has been quite rapidly declining and I've been unable to work, mainly because of severe anxiety, depression and burnout. Before this I was the main earner for my family so it's a massive change ad the guilt is adding to my anxiety even more. I have applied for PIP (I'll add that in a separate post) and recently had a UC work capability assessment where I was found to have LCW. I've written a MR as I believe I should be in the LCWRA group, for now at least, as I've been unsuccessfully trying to work which has been giving me quite severe setbacks, but would like some advice if possible? I haven't received the report yet, only a letter (with no address other than freepost) stating that I have been found to have LCW. Do I have to recieve the report before I can request the mandatory reconsideration? Thank you!
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  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hello @alittlebitalexis and can I say I love your username! :) 

    Welcome to the community and thanks for reaching out. To answer your question I don't think you need to report to challenge the decision. When you ask for the mandatory reconsideration you’ll need to include:
    • the date of the decision
    • specific reasons why you disagree
    • your name, address and National Insurance number
    Does that help? If there's anything else you need, please ask. 

    Warmest Regards!
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    You will not get the report unless you request it but you don't need it.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • alittlebitalexis
    alittlebitalexis Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    Hello @alittlebitalexis and can I say I love your username! :) 

    Welcome to the community and thanks for reaching out. To answer your question I don't think you need to report to challenge the decision. When you ask for the mandatory reconsideration you’ll need to include:
    • the date of the decision
    • specific reasons why you disagree
    • your name, address and National Insurance number
    Does that help? If there's anything else you need, please ask. 

    Warmest Regards!
    Thank you! I’ve written the letter but I’m wondering if I should ask for some help too 
  • alittlebitalexis
    alittlebitalexis Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    @calcotti Thanks for your response!  :)
  • alittlebitalexis
    alittlebitalexis Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    Sorry, one more question- should I call to ask for the address to send? There’s only the free post on my letter
  • Alex_Alumni
    Alex_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,561 Disability Gamechanger
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    You can always search for an adviser using Advice Local or call or email the Scope Helpline to speak to one of our advisers. It's really up to you @alittlebitalexis

    You might also find Scope's guidance on appealing a benefits decision helpful, and I wish you the best of luck :)
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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    Sorry, one more question- should I call to ask for the address to send? There’s only the free post on my letter
    I think the correct address is
    FREEPOST DWP, UniversalCredit Full Service. 

    Is that the Freepost address that you have?

    It would also post a message on your UC journal telling them that you have sent them an MR.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • alittlebitalexis
    alittlebitalexis Community member Posts: 11 Listener
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    calcotti said:
    Sorry, one more question- should I call to ask for the address to send? There’s only the free post on my letter
    I think the correct address is
    FREEPOST DWP, UniversalCredit Full Service. 

    Is that the Freepost address that you have?

    It would also post a message on your UC journal telling them that you have sent them an MR.
    Yes, it is - thank you that’s really helpful! I’ll leave a message on my journal also
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