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LCW Assessment

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Groovychick
Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
edited October 2023 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi, Im new to here and need to know why UC have asked me to attend an assessment and will need to provide an up to date fit note?
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2023
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    Most people have assessments for the work capability assessment. No, you will not need to take a fit note with you because this isn’t evidence that you have limited capability for work.

    During the assessment they will ask you questions about your health condition and will want details of a typical day for you. Try not answer any questions with just a yea or no and try to give as much detail as possible. You can take someone with you for support if you want to. 

    There’s some information here regarding the work capability assessment. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/help-with-your-esa-claim/esa-medical-assessment/ It says ESA but if you’re claiming UC the process is the same. 
    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.
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,081 Scope online community team
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    Hey there @Groovychick and welcome to the community! 

    I can see you're already being helped by Poppy, but I just wanted to say howdy. :)
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  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    Hi Poppy, Thanks for your reply.  Need to  explain more I already claim LCW and have an assessment with UC think its for a yearly thing? not sure?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    Do you mean you have a work focused interview? If so then no, you don't need any fit note. The title of your thread mentions an assessment. Assessment refers to a work capability assessment.
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    How long is LCW awarded for and do I have to attend the interview in a job centre as I have anxiety?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    It has no end date because it’s an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise. 

    You can ask for a telephone appointment as a reasonable adjustment. 
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    What if a telephone appointment is not accepted and how much notice should be given?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you’re unable to attend in person because of your health conditions then a reasonable adjustment should be put j to place. You should ask for this as soon as you know about the appointment. 
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    Ideally I would like to change to LCWRA would this happen?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    Not automatically no. For this you need to report a change of circumstances. Then click health condition and report a change through there. You will need to provide a fit note and continue to provide them without any gaps until a decision is made on another work capability assessment.

    You will be referred for another assessment and be sent the UC50 form to fill in and return. 

    Before doing anything else you should look at the descriptors to see if you think any apply to you. https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/universal-credit-uc/uc-faq/limited-capability-for-work-related-activity
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    They tell me I dont need to provide fit notes because Im on LCW.  This is so confusing!
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    That's correct you don't at the moment. However, if you report a change in your health condition then you will need to provide fit notes.
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    Thought I would let you know the interview at the job centre yesterday was horrible, I was a emotional mess and very anxious.  Feel that they don't take my mental health seriously and have submitted a fit note today what happens next?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    Have you actually “reported a change of circumstances “ then “click” health conditions and report it this way? Just providing a fit note very often isn’t enough. 

    If you have then you will need to wait for them to refer you for another work capability assessment. You will then be sent another UC50 form to fill in and return as part of the assessment process. 
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    Hi Poppy,
    Have received another UC50 form for a new health condition, finding it hard to complete, can I refer back to my LCW answers and copy them? also can I include the descriptors that apply to me on the form?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    I wouldn’t advise you to copy the answers from your last form because you were only found to have LCW. Copying the answers may mean the same decision is made again. 

    Yes, you should also look at the descriptors to see which one you think applies and concentrate on that. Only one needs to 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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    The form Part 2: Mental cognitive and intellectual capabilities apply to me.  I'm hoping for the award of LCWRA instead of LCW its hard for me to put my MH into words and which number category this applies to
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    Im struggling with the questions starting and finishing tasks, coping with changes, coping with social situations and going out hope anyone can help with this
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,122 Disability Gamechanger
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    You need to explain what happens when you attempt those acitivities. I can't tell you what to write because i don't know how your conditions affect you. I posted a link to a guide from the Citizens Advice website, have you taken a look at his?
    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.
  • Groovychick
    Groovychick Community member Posts: 30 Listener
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    Yes I have thank you.  My grammer is not that good to put into words

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