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Been declared as LCW what does that mean for me now?

Nigel83Nigel83 Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited April 2019 in Universal Credit
Hi my name is nigel. i have been handing in fit notes for the last year. Until last monday when i had my work capability assessment. The next day i received a email telling me i had been declared has having limited capabilities for work. So as i have no idea what that now means could anyone please explain what that now means for me and will i now get any backdated money or not thanks


  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,254 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm no expert but my understanding is that you only get any additional pay and back pay if awarded LCWRA and not LCW this payment was stopped for anyone applying after April 2017. 
    Your work coach will advise what you need to do now. 
    There is lots advise on internet and here for you to research.
  • Nigel83Nigel83 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thought so but wasn't sure think I'm going to appeal that decision anyway. Thanks @janer1967
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,254 Disability Gamechanger
    I was initially declared fit for work so appealed and did MR and got same decision so went to tribunal and got awarded LCWRA. So it can be worth appealing 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger

    Hello @Nigel83  Pleased to meet you welcome.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

    I am one of the team of community champions who guide, advise and help new members who join the community.

    We have lots on our website on benefits and appeals.

    Please can I advise speak to CAB about anything benefits.  They have expertise and knowledge.

    Something to consider. You could also speak to your work coach they should be able to advise you.

    Please take care.


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  • Ami2301Ami2301 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 7,469 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Nigel83 welcome to the community! Let us know if you need any further help :)
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  • Nigel83Nigel83 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thanks guys could anyone advise me on how i appeal and if i should ask for help from welfare rights or citizens advice 
  • Sam_AlumniSam_Alumni Scope alumni Posts: 7,731 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Nigel83

    You can challenge most decisions made by DWP about your ESA including:

    • not getting ESA
    • being put in the work-related activity group and not the support group
    • getting a sanction

    You can also challenge a decision about support for mortgage interest (SMI). SMI is a loan to help pay the interest on your mortgage if you get ESA.

    There are 2 steps to challenging a decision.

    1. You must ask DWP to look at the decision again. This is called ‘mandatory reconsideration’.

    2. If you still disagree after the mandatory reconsideration, you can appeal to an independent tribunal. You can’t appeal to a tribunal until you have the result of a mandatory reconsideration in writing from the DWP.

    There is more information here on the CAB website.

    Senior online community officer
  • Nigel83Nigel83 Member Posts: 4 Listener
  • hasshass Member Posts: 105 Connected
    Hi all does anyone know if dyslexia  adhd ocd  dypraxia   are  classed  as disiblities or  learning difficulties 
    Csn you get esa  with  thrse 
    Thank you
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    hass said:
    Hi all does anyone know if dyslexia  adhd ocd  dypraxia   are  classed  as disiblities or  learning difficulties 
    Csn you get esa  with  thrse 
    Thank you
    It depends how you're affected by those conditions. It's no longer possible to claim the old style ESA unless you've worked in the previous 2 tax years and paid enough NI contributions. All areas are now a full universal credit area.
    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.
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