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How should I answer this Question that they have asked me about 'gaps' in my 'employment'?

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edited March 2019 in Universal Credit
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    To answer the question "were there any gaps in your employment" you answer yes if you were only claiming ESA. ESA isn't employment, it's a benefit and DWP weren't your employers.

    For the extra £126 per month At your next appointment ask your Work Coach to check opstrat and pin a note to UC with your WCA result. Then ask them to send a handover to the service centre to escalate and it should be done fairly quickly.


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    edited March 2019
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Opstrat means computer system (for DWP) WCA is work capability assessment.

    This problem happens everytime because the ESA award isn't automatically placed onto the UC claim. It's needs to be done manually through a handover and i believe the only person that can do this is a case manager. It's perfectly normal for it to take a few weeks, longer sometimes. Any money owed to you will be backdated.

    If the messages on your journal aren't being answered then the only thing you can do is ring UC.
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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    If that was the most recent decision then yes but you should have had an award letter after that from DWP.
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