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Terrified of UC work capacity assessment

MomamooMomamoo Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 2020 in Universal Credit
Disabled since birth, numerous mobility problems plus, anxiety,  depression and panic attacks.  Terrified of UC work capacity assessment 

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  • Tommyb92Tommyb92 Community champion Posts: 74 Courageous
    Hi there @momamoo I am one of the community champions, thanks for joining the community and I look forward to your posts, I do understand your anxious about the Work Capacity assessment, are you taking a friend with you? Tom - Community Champion

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  • MomamooMomamoo Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Living in new area due to moving to get away from abusive ex-husband so nobody local to ask.  Are there any charities who may have someone to act as a friend to witness for me? 
  • Tommyb92Tommyb92 Community champion Posts: 74 Courageous

    I'm sorry to hear you're going through the difficulties, May I suggest giving the team a call and see if they are able to advise or I am sure one of the other community champions may be able to jump in on this thanks Tom  

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Momamoo said:
      Are there any charities who may have someone to act as a friend to witness for me? 

    Hi,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope. As advised on your other thread, you won't need a witness for the assessment. It will just be for some company on the day, which can help with anxiety. I'm not even sure to be honest if advice agencies go with people to assessments because of lack of funding but you can try.

    This link will help you find what advice agency is local to you. https://advicelocal.uk/

    Community champion and 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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    stejon said:
    Hi momamoo.
    If I was you I would try and take someone with you as some hcp's like to lie and say things you carried out tasks you did not carry out. I have witnessed this on many occasions. Also get their name and request the assessment report from the DWP afterwards. 

    Hi and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope and i'm here to help and advise others.

    I would also like to point out that not all HCP's are bad and they don't all lie. I've had 3 work capability assessments and 4 PIP assessments and have yet to receive a bad report for any of them.

    During my last work capability assessment the HCP that i seen escorted me to and from the room, let me hold onto her arm and held the door open for me, she also told me several times to take my time because there was no rush. I have mobility problems and walking is very difficult for me. I must admit she was a very nice person. When i received the report about 10 days later everything she put was exactly how it was.

    Remember we only ever read the bad stories and never the good ones.
    Community champion and 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.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It's only natural that on an internet forum you will mostly only hear the bad stories, which is why you assume that the nice ones are few and far between. Lots of people successfully claim without any problems at all but they don't come onto a forum and tell their story because they successfully claimed because they have no questions to ask, so we don't hear their story.

    A public forum is the worst place for someone to go to when they are claiming a benefit because of all the bad stories. The only thing this does is stress them more and make them even worse than they already are.
    Community champion and 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.
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Member Posts: 898 Pioneering
    @Momamoo
    Maybe ask at local CAB because my ex-counsellor said I could get someone from Social Prescribing to go with me, but dont know if that's right...
    (I'm going on my own so as dont have two people to deal with, but that's me).
    I've got high anxiety at the mo and dreading mine.
    I'm not sure but believe you are allowed to record the interview if you have the kit to do it... @poppy123456 will know I think.
    CAB always my second port of call for help and advice, after this forum.
    Wish you Good Luck, we're in this together.
  • avakarlssonavakarlsson Member Posts: 332 Courageous
    Hi 
    A questionnaire came for me on Wednesday to fill out which I have and I sent it back Thursday, hope I don’t have to wait too long to hear back from DWP with a decision, and also hopefully I won’t need to have an assessment 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi 
    A questionnaire came for me on Wednesday to fill out which I have and I sent it back Thursday, hope I don’t have to wait too long to hear back from DWP with a decision, and also hopefully I won’t need to have an assessment 

    Mose people have face to face assessment so i'd advise you to expect one of those.
    Community champion and 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.
  • MomamooMomamoo Member Posts: 4 Listener
    My contact at Women's Aid is coming with me.  Nervous but I did come out of my PIP assessment better off than when I was on DLA so fingers crossed,  do think witness helps.  Thanks for the useful comments 
    xxx
  • FranstrahanFranstrahan Member Posts: 898 Pioneering
    @Momamoo
    Good Luck with it 
  • avakarlssonavakarlsson Member Posts: 332 Courageous
    When is your assessment? Hopefully it will be ok and then once it’s done it’s a relief 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,941 Scope community team
    I'm glad you were able to find someone to come with you @Momamoo. Please let us know how you get on. 
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    Scope

    If you have a few minutes to spare, we'd appreciate your feedback on our online community.
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