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Work capability assessment & PIP. Pls help!

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beardedmagic76
beardedmagic76 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hello everyone! 

My son has complex physical and mental needs and is neurodivergent. He is currently on universal credit and he receives PIP on the higher "daily living" and "mobility" elements.
However, he is being asked to go to a "work capability assessment", despite on his universal credit journal, it states he is not required to look for work or engage in work related activities. Though on a separate section of his universal credit account, it says he is expected to do 3 hours of job searching per week. Completely contradictory.

Any advice on what we should do? He's getting in a real state about this "work capability assessment" next week which he shouldn't even have to go to! 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,283 Disability Gamechanger
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    Claiming PIP doesn't automatically entitle him to LCWRA. A work capability assessment is normal procedure if you report a health condition. Most people have assessments. Are you his appointee?
    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.
  • beardedmagic76
    beardedmagic76 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Claiming PIP doesn't automatically entitle him to LCWRA. A work capability assessment is normal procedure if you report a health condition. Most people have assessments. Are you his appointee?
    Hello, and thank you for the reply.

    Yes I know that getting PIP doesn't mean an automatic acceptance for the LCWRA component of UC, but it just seems strange that the words on his UC account suggest he has the LCWRA component, but on the other hand, he still has to look for work etc. It's confusing!
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,283 Disability Gamechanger
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    Seems like his work coach turned off work commiments, which they can use their own discretion while waiting for a work capability assessment. I have no idea why on another section is says he has to complete 3 hours per week. You should look at his claimant commiments, as that's what he should go by.

    Having them turned off doesn't automatically entitle him to LCWRA and a WCA will still be needed. Once a decision is made if he's found to have LCWRA he'll be entitled to extra money from the 4th month after he reported his health condition.
    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.
  • Ema_Scope
    Ema_Scope Scope Member Posts: 68 Courageous
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    @beardedmagic76
    Sorry that this situation is causing you and your son stress. Scope's online information about Work Capability Assessments  gives a little bit of information about what happens at the assessment. This might help you both know what to expect and prepare :)

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