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Receiving UC and PIP but expected to find work

MarisaMarisa Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited December 2018 in Universal Credit
Hi all, i am receiving UC, i have rheumatoid arthritis and depression and sleep apnea, im in receipt of pips too. I have given UC a 3 month sick note due to my illness, but now im being told i will need to start looking for work!
I am in constant pain and feel exhausted most of the time. I cant believe how cruel the UC is to people unfit to work. Im thinki g of coming off UC and try to survive on my basic rate PIps.
Its a joke,  im 60 years old, what do they expect me to do!!!


  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Marisa Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

    I am sure there are many members in our community. Who can identify what you are going through.

    Including my self  I know you have come to the right place to find support.  Information and advice.

    We are a friendly community. Please ask if we can advise on anything.

    Please take care.

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  • pink_princesspink_princess Member Posts: 131 Pioneering
    edited December 2018
    Hi @Marisa

    I have no exeperince in this area however I just wanted to say welcome to the  Community sounds like you’re in a tough position I would say take time to think it though there’s in lots of information on benefits and universal credit on here I’m sure other members will have better advice then me I would also recommend a link to the money saving advice service they have lots of useful information on there.

    hope this helps
  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,837

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    Good to meet you. I'm sorry to read that you are going through such a stressful time. We have many knowledgeable members that may be able to advise you.

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  • Eadiesmummy1Eadiesmummy1 Member Posts: 90 Courageous
    Have you had a work capability assessment? if so request a mandatoty reconsideration xx 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Claiming PIP doesn't automatically give you LCW and neither is a fit note from your GP. It's completely up to the work coach how many hours per week you're expected to look for work. Some reduce hours but very few turn them off completely.

    Have you received a UC50 form? If not you need to ask your work coach to refer you for the work capability assessment. Once you've been referred they will then send you the form to fill in and return with all your evidence. A face to face assessment will most likely be needed as most have them. Once a decision is made you'll either be found fit for work, have LCW or LCWRA.

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  • MarisaMarisa Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Thankyou for your helpful comments 
  • MatildaMatilda Member Posts: 2,616 Disability Gamechanger
    This is a ludicrous decision by the DWP.  As another member has said, ask for a work capability assessment.  You could ask CAB for advice.

    You could apply for jobs to avoid sanctions but you are unlikely to get any offers because employers won't think you are fit enough.
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