60 years old, receiving universal credit, need advice — Scope | Disability forum
New to the community? Remember to read our community guidelines and our community house rules.
Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Find out how to let us know.

60 years old, receiving universal credit, need advice

Lyndylou1955
Lyndylou1955 Member Posts: 1
edited September 2016 in Start here and say hello!
Hi l.m lyn .l am 60yrs of age receiving Universal credit . I am currently on the Sick due to Health problems?  But U/C insist l look for work?? ? Can you help? 

Comments

  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi Lyn,

    I'm a benefits adviser for BTC and we're helping Scope with questions like yours.

    There are a couple of options within UC for this sort of situation. One is that you are temporarily unfit for work, so don't have to look for work for the time being  - you would need a fit note from your doctor after the first 7 days (for the first 7 days you 'self-certificate' by telling the DWP yourself). Usually, you can't be sick and not have to look for work for more than 14 days but the DWP can extend this if they think it's reasonable. During this time, you don't have to take up a job (if you were offered a job or an interview) whilst you are off sick - you are allowed to postpone that until the period of sickness is over. But if you have more than 14 days off sick, the DWP might decide it's reasonable for you to attend an interview before your sickness has ended.

    The alternative is that you say that you have limited capability for work, which is going to last for a longer period of time. You'll need a sick note from your doctor, and you should be given a form called UC50 after 28 days of sickness, to explain how your sickness affects you. Following that, you may be called for a medical (the Work Capability Assessment).

    The problem is that whilst they are deciding whether you have limited capability for work, the DWP will expect you to look for work! You should talk to your work coach about what is reasonable for you to do in the meantime  - there should be some variation of what is expected of you. Your work coach could reduce the number of hours of work you're expected to look for and how long you are expected to spend looking for work, as well as vary the type of jobs you have to look for. Your GP or a consultant might be able to help by explaining what jobs you shouldn't be put forward for - medical evidence always helps.

    At the beginning of your sickness, the DWP can also use the rules that suspend any work-related requirements for a maximum of 14 days (longer if reasonable) whilst you have a fit note.

    It's also worth checking whether you fall into any of the situations where people can be treated as having limited capability for work without waiting to be assessed. These circumstances include terminal illness and where a claimant is having treatment for cancer, recovering from that treatment or expected to have treatment within the next 6 months. You can always ring the Scope helpline to check whether any of these situations apply to you.

    Once there's a decision that says you have limited capability for work, you don't have to look for jobs - and if it's decided that you have limited capability for work-related activity (which would apply if it's terminal illness or cancer treatment as above), you don't have to do anything to get your UC.

    I really hope that you are able to get the right result for your circumstances. 
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland

Brightness

Do you need advice on your energy costs?


Scope’s Disability Energy Support service is open to any disabled household in England or Wales in which one or more disabled people live. You can get free advice from an expert adviser on managing energy debt, switching tariffs, contacting your supplier and more. Find out more information by visiting our
Disability Energy Support webpage.

Fancy a chat in our virtual coffee lounge?

Put the kettle on and have a chat in our coffee lounge with other members. We talk about hobbies, games and anything else you can think of!

Cerebral Palsy (CP) Online Cafe

Here's a new opportunity for people with CP or a similar disability (aged 20+) to get together and chat. The sessions are in partnership with CP Sport so you can find out more and meet people from both organisations.

Are you struggling?

Read our 'Coping with stress, low mood and isolation' support thread for a run-down of ideas on how to banish those blues and feel happier.

What do you think about the community?

Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community a better space for you.

Information about COVID-19

If you have questions about the virus, please read our information and support which includes guidance on benefits, getting food and essentials and Cerebral Palsy.

Back to school this September?

Read tips on how to settle back in and handle any worries you or your children might be having this new term.