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Medical assessment during pregnancy

beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
edited October 2019 in Universal Credit
Just a bit of advice or to see if anyone has been through the same.... I'm 30+2 weeks pregnant and I'm on universal credit, during my pregnancy I have had bleeds and they said it was caused due to stress and anxiety and the Drs gave me a sick note (the job centre advised me to get these) however two weeks ago I received a questionnaire to fill in from dwp to see if my condition stopped me working or looking for work so I've filled this in explained that I was at that time 29 weeks and that the uc said I no longer had to look for work due to being in the 11 weeks left of my pregnancy stage. I've received a letter today saying I have to go for a medical assessment to see if I'm fit for work or not. Sorry for the long post just wondering if anyone had the same. that they haven't even read what I've filled in

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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2019
    Hi @beckbail, I can see how frustrating this must be!

    Because you've been handing in fit notes it'll have automatically triggered WCA. You can claim ESA/LCWRA for pregnancy-related illness, so going through the assessment isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, with you being past 29 weeks, it means you don't have to work anyway.

    It does seem odd but unfortunately they are right.
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  • April2018momApril2018mom Posts: 2,869 Member
    Hello @beckbail

    Welcome to Scope. Have you contacted Citizen's Advice or not? They should be able to help you. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @beckbail

    Welcome to Scope. Have you contacted Citizen's Advice or not? They should be able to help you. 
    No need to contact them because they can't give anymore advice than @Chloe_Scope has given.

     If @beckbail doesn't attend the assessment then they will be found fit for work for failing to attend., which wouldn't matter because they are already placed into the no work requirements group.   The only advantage to attending the assessment is if they are given LCWRA and this will mean an extra £336 per month from the 4th month of their claim from when they sent in their first fit note. Whether they would be placed into this group will totally depend on how their conditions affect them.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Thank you all for the replies. So basically I go to the assessment explain what's been going on etc. They will be able to tell that I am pregnant and uc has turned off all commitments that involved looking for work. I didn't realise that I could also receive extra payments would they automatically do this
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Evidence would be needed to support your claim and should state how your conditions affect your ability to do any type of work. Being pregnant may not automatically award you LCWRA. No, it's not automatically paid, once the assessment has been completed a report will be returned to DWP and a decision will be made on your claim.

    It's makes no difference at the moment because you're already in the no work requirements group.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    To be honest with you im not really bothered about any extra amounts as my health and my babies is more important I'm just terrified about going to these things. Thank you so much @poppy123456 for your help we were just worried the whole of our uc would stop 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. No, your who UC would not stop. The only issue you may have is that if you don't attend the assessment you will be found fit for work for failing to attend and this could affect any future claims you may have for limited capability for work and if this is needed anytime in the future you may have problems. It maybe worth your while attending the assessment because you really have nothing to lose because you're already in the no work requirements group.

    The only thing that could happen is that you could be awarded LCWRA and that's extra money but of course there's no guarantee this will be the decision but your UC payments definitely won't stop.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    @poppy123456 brilliant. So pleased to hear this as I was getting myself worked up about it all but you have really put my mind at ease on this. Thanks again really appreciate your help
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem at all! Oh and congratulations on the baby and good luck for the birth too!
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Thank you it's getting closer and closer and I'm getting more and more scared ha
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I can totally understand that, i have 3 children myself, all grown up now. I don't know anyone that wouldn't be scared but once you have your baby in your arms you'll forget it all.
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad we could clear this up @beckbail! I hope the appointment goes okay! :)
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Hi @poppy123456 & @Chloe_Scope... I have been for my medical assessment today and the lady who was doing it was brilliant she was very compassionate and everything I literally couldn't fault her, she's basically putting down for the decision makers that I have high risk pregnancy also gestational diabetes. I'm just wondering can you actually get the LCWRA for this. Thanks in advance
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    I'm glad it went well. I'm afraid we couldn't speculate what the decision maybe at this stage. All you can do is wait a week and request a copy of the assessment report by ringing DWP. Once you receive this you'll have some idea what the decision is likely to be because they mostly go with the report. Once a decision's been made it will be uploaded onto your journal. Good luck.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Thank you so much for your reply @poppy123456 your help has been really appreciated throughout all of this
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @beckbail, I'm so glad it went well! That must be a massive weight off your shoulder! Wish you the best of luck!
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    @Chloe_Scope aww it really is and I'm so pleased the lady was really nice actually felt she cared if that make sense. Thank you 
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Hi just an update on my medical assessment. I've received a letter on my journal to say they have awarded me LCWRA, does this mean the extra payments on my universal credit.. I sent my first fit note in on the 12th August and I know it starts 3 month after that date is this correct. Thank you in advance 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,954

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    edited November 2019
    Hello @beckbail, that's great news they've placed you in LCWRA. 
    Do you know what your assessment periods are? It's 3 full assessment periods before the additional money for LCWRA begins and then as UC is paid in arrears, it'll be paid at the end of the fourth month. 
    If you know when your assessment periods are (they should be stated on your online account), I can help you calculate when you'll receive your first LCWRA payment.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Hi @Adrian_Scope it just says on the letter any payments I receive will be after 3 month from when I sent in my first fit note which was the 12th August 
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    My next assessment period is from 11th November till 10th december
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    @Adrian_Scope I hope this is the correct info I've given you 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Great news. My calculations are that you'll receive the extra LCWRA element in your December payment.
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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    @poppy123456 that's brilliant. I'm just so happy it's over with now it's quite a stressful process but with being able to get advice and help from yourselves it's been more bearable so thank you and your team once again
  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
    Just another question if that's ok. My partner works and our uc is reduced as it should be is the lcwra element effected by this too 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome! As you now have LCW then you'll receive a work allowance. How much you'll receive will depend on your circumstances. If you receive the housing element then your work allowance will be £287 per month. If you don't receive the housing element it will be £503 per month. This means that during an assessment period you/your partner will be able to earn that amount of money before you start to receive the deductions. Anything over that amount will be reduced by 63p for everyone £1 earned. Reductions reduce the whole of the UC amount.


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  • beckbailbeckbail Member Posts: 32 Connected
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    So glad to hear it's all worked out @beckbail!
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