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bluepeter
bluepeter Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited March 24 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi everyone I’m new here and found this site through endless and useless other “info” sites and I’m hoping someone can help. 
I started claiming UC September ‘23 and have unbroken fitnote history til present date. I had a WCA on 8/12/23 and have still not received an answer. Is this normal waiting time ? If they award the LCWRA element will it be backdated ? How will they notify me ? Thanks for any help. 

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  • Rosie_Scope
    Rosie_Scope Posts: 2,240 Scope online community team
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    Hi @bluepeter, welcome to the community. Sorry you haven't had a response to this so far, but I hope you're doing well today. I'll pop your post over to our Universal Credit boards where hopefully some of our lovely members can share their experiences with you and offer some advice :)
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,243 Disability Gamechanger
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    It can take up to 12 weeks once the assessment report is returned for a decision. It does seem to be rather a long time but if your report was chosen for audit this maybe why you haven't had a decision yet. 

    Put a message onto your journal and ask about the decision on your WCA. Tell them the date you had the assessment and ask if a decision has been made yet. 

    If found to have LCWRA then the waiting period is 3 full assessment periods from when you provided your first fit note. It's then paid from the 4th month after that with first payment being the end of that month.

    Your first payment will be either Jan or Feb, depending on what date exactly you provided your first fit note and what date you usually receive your money each month. 


    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.
  • bluepeter
    bluepeter Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    thanks for the reply poppy. I’m still waiting to hear back from my assessment but have spoken to UC helpline and they’ve put a notice on my journal that my case manager has to reply to by the 12th April. So we’ll see if that happens 🤞
  • Albus_Scope
    Albus_Scope Posts: 4,214 Scope online community team
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    I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you @bluepeter :)  Will you let us know how you get on please? 
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