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Rules about WCA centre being over 90 mins travel distance?

A while ago I read online (in guidelines I can no longer find) that if the assessment centre was more than 90 minutes travel distance from the claimant's home they wouldn't be expected to attend. Could you tell me if this still applies, or has this been scrapped? I've looked hard online and still can't find any current guideline about this. Thanks.


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    It's not more than 90 minutes each way by public transport.

    You can change the assessment date/time once but after this you will need to attend. Failure to attend will lead to a decision of being found fit for work for failing to attend.

    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.
  • woodbinewoodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 3,816 Disability Gamechanger
    For my recent PIP assessment the appointment they sent me was for 9am 20 miles away, I called them and they sorted another appointment at a better time and only 3 miles away.
    my advice is given freely and is correct to the best of my knowledge.
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