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I need clarification please

Lesley718Lesley718 Member Posts: 6 Listener
Hello,
I moved back to Dundee Scotland from California in July 2018. I was born here and have lived here several times over my life of 43 years. However, i have lived the majority of my life in the USA.  I am a disabled single mother and sadly I had no choice but to stop working in 2014.  When I moved back to Scotland in 2018, I applied for Universal credit and 6 months later I was approved for universal credit benefits for my child and myself for which I am very grateful. However, it is extremely difficult to provide for my 9 year old daughter and myself on £594 a month.  I desperately need to begin receiving PIP benefits as soon as I am eligible.  However, I been given some different answers regarding when I will be eligible to apply for PIP from several different people in my local community agencies and what I have read about PIP on the website just confuses me more.  Their website states that a UK citizen who has moved back to the UK from overseas must be a resident in the UK for 2 out of 3 years until they are eligible to apply for PIP.  To me, that basically translates that I have to live permanently in the UK for at least 2 years until I can apply.  However, Welfare Rights and Citizens Advice tell me that I need to be here for 3 years until I will be eligible to apply????? So, what exactly does it mean when PIP requirements state that you must reside permanently in the UK for 2 out of 3 years?  Is there anyone who can help me understand this? 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Yes, very confusing this but you can start a claim after living in the UK for 2 years. Please do be aware that PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. A successful claim could take several months, maybe more.

    Regarding your UC claim. I'm assuming that amount is standard element for yourself and the child element. May i ask if you're renting your home, living with family or own your own home?

    Are you looking for work or are you unable to work because of a health condition? If it's the latter then are you sending in fit notes from your GP to start the work capability process off?


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  • Lesley718Lesley718 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    I am on the list for a Counsil house so my daughter and I currently live in my parents home. I cannot work and Universal credit has declared me unable for employment after I completed their medical assessment 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    What was the decision of that assessment? was it limited capability for work (LCW) or limited capability for work and work related activity (LCWRA)?
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  • Lesley718Lesley718 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    The health assessment I underwent for universal credit said "limited capacity for work" on the letter I received.  However, my universal credit case worker has me down as not eligible for employment and I have never had any job related requirements listed under my concessions that I must complete in order to continue to receive Universal credit benefits.  My list of concession requirements includes things like: attend all GP and specialist appointments, take my medications, attend all Psychiatrist and therapy appointments, continue participating in the support groups that I am a member of, ect. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    LCW doesn't qualify you for the extra £336 per month, even though they acknowledge you're not capable of working yet. Your work coach sounds very understanding regarding your claimant commitments. A lot of people have to attend work focused interviews when they are claiming LCW.

    For the extra money each month you must be given the higher group, which is limited capability for work and work related activity (LCWRA)

    Unfortunately, living with parents you will be unable to claiming the housing element.

    I note that you are on the council waiting list. Waiting lists for housing with most local councils is huge so you could be waiting quite a few years for a house. It maybe worth looking for a private landlord to rent from. Yes, it's difficult for those claiming benefits to find a landlord that accepts us but there are some landlords that will, it just depends on the area you live.
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  • Lesley718Lesley718 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    I'm afraid that I am a bit confused by your response. My original question was asking about PIP disability benefits and if anyone could clarify when I will be eligible to apply.  I've moved back to Scotland from California in July 2018 and on the PIP website it states that I must be permanently residing in the UK for 2 out of 3 years before I am eligible to apply for PIP benefits.  I'm confused if this means that I can apply after 2 years, which would mean that I can apply this July 2020 or do I have to wait until I have been here for 3 years, which will be July 2021?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    edited February 2020
    Hi,

    Yes, very confusing this but you can start a claim after living in the UK for 2 years. Please do be aware that PIP isn't awarded based on a diagnosis, it's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activity based on the PIP descriptors. A successful claim could take several months, maybe more.



    I already answered that question in my first comment here.

    My comments about UC were because i was trying to give you some extra help because your payments seemed low.
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  • Lesley718Lesley718 Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Oh. Sorry. Several people have left comments and I honestly didn't look at what their names were so I didn't realise that you had already left a comment previously. Thank you for your advice 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No problem. No one else has commented on your thread, except us.
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