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help benefits and work capability assessment

loucieloucie Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited November 2019 in Employment and careers
What is a what is a work capability assessment? I've never been offered one.
im on universal credit but off sick & still getting about £73 a week. Would I have been better off on ESA?  Is sickness benefit 90 a week?
i may get a job of 16 hours a week but how would that eff t universal credit?  It's very hard to live on universal credit. Are there any other duabikity benefits or is it just the pip?
thank you


  • Joanne_ScopeJoanne_Scope Scope helpline, Scope adviser Posts: 190 Pioneering
    Hi @loucie,

    I think that most of your questions have been answered on your other posts.

    If you are sick and unable to work or look for a job, you can ask for a work capability assessment through your UC work coach. You would be sent a form called a UC50 and would have to fill that in and then go for a face to face assessment. You would also need to send in sick notes. If you are then found to have limited capability for work you are either put in the Limited Capability for Work group or something called the Limited Capability for Work Related Activity Group (LCWRA). If you are in the second one you do not have to look for work and you get paid an extra amount of UC.

    As I explained on your other post, your UC would be reduced by 63p for every £1 that you earn if you decide to take a job. You also still be expected to look for more hours. This is at the discretion of your job coach.

    PIP is the only disability benefit that you could claim.

    You mentioned sickness benefit and I am not sure what you mean by this? Statutory Sick Pay from an employer is £94.25 per week. If you are employed and off sick this is paid from the third day of sickness and can be paid for up to 28 weeks. 

    I hope this answers you questions but please let us know if we can be of any further help.
  • loucieloucie Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you for your message. This really helps .  😊
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @loucie! If there anything else we can do then please do let us know. :)

  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,970

    Scope community team

    Hi @loucie and a warm welcome to the community. I'm glad Joanne's message has helped. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there's anymore we can do! :smiley:
    Senior Community Partner
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