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Told I don't need to attend assessment, what happens next?

verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
Hi, Would anyone be able to help me please. I received a letter in the post to go for a limited capability assessment. My doctor was late sending in the form they asked her to fill out. Once they had received it they then sent me a letter saying I do not have to attend the assessment now hurrah. But I'm a bit confused as to what happens next.. Can you still only be accepted for lwc if not asked to attend the assessment?  Any advice would be much appreciated thanks 

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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,725

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  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Sorry for lcw or lcwra on universal credit. Thanks for getting back to me. 
  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Not sure is I have them letters in the right order but I guess you will no what I mean from that 😂
  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @verify_1

    Welcome its great to meet you today!!!!!!!

    Please please let me know if I can help/support you further?????
  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Yes do you no the answer to my question? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You can't be found fit for work without a face to face assessment but you can be placed into either group.
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  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    So us it 50/50 on waiting for the answer? Thanks 
  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    I'm happy I don't have to go to the assessment , but why would ghey cancel my appointment and say i dont have to attend?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Most likely because they had enough evidence to do a paper based assessment. It's rare but it can and does happen.
    You can request the assessment report to be sent to you. They mostly go with the report, so it will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be. Other than that, i'm afraid there's nothing more you can do but wait for the decision.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thank you for your help. 
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    verify_1,
    Don't worry, this is something which does happen (in fact I've had quite a few clients this happens too). You can be granted LCW or LCWRA without having to go to an assessment, as Poppy says. The assessor may have decided that they had enough information from your form and from your GP.

    You should get a decision soon which will be applied to your UC. If you in the LCWRA group you won't have to do anything and should get quite a bit of extra money. If you have LCW only then you have to attend work-focused interviews & take part in work-related activity, but you don't have to look for work.

    You can be found fit for work without a face to face assessment, but that would be very unusual (for example if you indicated that you had no problems with any of the activities when you completed the form).

    Will


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  • verify_1verify_1 Member Posts: 8 Listener
    Thanks will, that’s very helpful 😀 I’m still waiting. 
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