Hi, my name is Lindaj!

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Lindaj
Lindaj Community member Posts: 4 Listener
edited May 18 in Universal Credit (UC)

Uc accepted my sicklines for 2 years. I put in for lcwra only to be knocked back. Deeming I was fit for work. Feb this year I applied again as my condition worsened. Now they have awarded it. How can they say I won't be backdated for the 2 years. If I was fit for work, why accept sicklines? Rather contradictory I feel. Anyone shed light on this as it doesn't seem right

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,308 Championing
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    UC are correct and you will not receive money from those 2 years. What you should have done is challenge the decision on your first claim that found you fit for work. Although they wouldn't have taken into consideration a worsening of condition after the assessment took place.

    You reported a worsening of condition, which was why they accepted your fit note after the fit for work decision was made. The waiting period of 3 full assessment periods will also apply from the date you provided that fit note for a worsening of condition.

  • Lindaj
    Lindaj Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    The 3 month waiting period for lcwra I understand. What I don't get is why that is not backdated? Effectively your waiting 4 months for 1 months money. M

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,308 Championing
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    LCWRA is awarded from when you provided your first fit note. Then you need to wait for the relevant period to end before the element is paid. The same rules applied for ESA. The reason it's paid at the end of the 4th month is because UC is paid 1 month in arrears. Please note that you must provide fit notes without any gaps until a decision is made. Gaps can affect when the extra money is paid from.

    If you were receiving earnings when you provided your first fit note and you didn't have the work allowance, this is applied from the AP in which you provided the first fit note so you maybe owed some money from that.

  • Lindaj
    Lindaj Community member Posts: 4 Listener
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    NO there was NO gaps. They were continuous up until lcwra letter was in my journal. My health change was 8th March. Checked payments only award from 28th this month. So does that mean there is no back pay? Thanks for your help, they just make it hard to understand. Considering sicklines have continually been monthly gor 2 years and completely disregarded.

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,308 Championing
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    What date do you usually receive your money each month?

    You were found fit for work for your first WCA so unfortunately you won't be owed money from that time. As I advised earlier in the thread, if you had challenged that decision and gone onto be found to have LCWRA then you would have been owed some money.