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LCW and new issues since

rockinemz18 Community member Posts: 1 Listener
edited September 13 in Universal Credit (UC)
Okay so this is a confusing one for me, a little run down ...

I was on universal credit from dec 2019, in nov 2021 I was signed off by my advisor, I filled in the wca form in jan 2022, had my assessment in August 2022 on a video call, I had a note put on my journal within a week to say that I was now classed as LCW, as the pay for this award stopped in 2017 I wasn't awarded any extra money or backpay

Fast forward to now... 

I have been suffering with my health even more so now than before and I'm close to being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I have been reading my doctors records and a condition called costochondritis was diagnosed for me in 2018, I wasnt told that if it hadn't gone away in a certain amount of time (online says a year) then I would need more tests as it could be caused by fibro, i had similar symptoms and possible diagnosis of other things but tests came back with nothing or I wasn't actually tested for them and it was palmed off on working and lifting at work, I haven't worked for years so i can't be palmed off anymore, now when I'm diagnosed with fibro seeing as it was missed in 2018 I know I have to tell u.c will it be able to be backdated as this delay in diagnosis has made me suffer even more so with my anxiety and depression that I was signed off with in 2021 and other things, I know that if I was diagnosed with this years ago rather than being palmed off and blamed on other stuff that I wouldn't be like I am now, I assume I will have to go through another assessment, so if I'm then changed to lcwra then when will be backdated as I know I have had this since 2018 as all my doctors records have all the same symptoms etc, or will they go off when the symptoms started again a few months ago, thanks for any comments and help, my mind is blown right now 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 49,593 Disability Gamechanger
    It's nothing to do with a diagnosis. What they look at is how your conditions affect your ability to do any type of work. 

    You should only report changes if you think any of the descriptors for LCWRA apply to you. (you only need one) You can see them here.

    If you do report changes in your health condition then you'll need to provide a fit note and continue to do so until a decision is made on your new work capability assessment. You'll be referred for another work capability assessment, which means you'll be sent more UC50 forms to fill in.

    If found to have LCWRA then the extra money will be from the assessment period in which you reported your worsening of condition. (not from the date you originally reported your 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.


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