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Worried I'll be found fit for work

FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
edited February 2020 in Universal Credit
Hi everyone. I am suffering with depression and anxiety and have not worked for nine months now. I recently went for a DWP capability assessment - fortunately someone accompanied me there. However I am worried that they will find me fit for work without any support. I'm really struggling at the moment, and trying to manage on Universal Credit. Is anyone in a similar position or have been through this? Am I worrying unnecessarily? Thanks. 

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    Lots of people claim limited capability for work under UC and lots of people are successfully given either LCW or LCWRA.

    As you have attended the work capability assessment wait a week and ring DWP to request a copy of the assessment report to be sent to you (providing you live in the UK) when you receive this report it will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be because they mostly go with the report. Take note of the LCW and LCWRA recommendations that will be in there.

    If you're found to have LCWRA then you'll receive an extra £336 per month from the 4th month of your claim.

    Once a decision's been made the letter will be uploaded onto your journal but there's no timescales for the waiting times for decisions. Hopefully not too long. Good luck.
    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Thanks Poppy. I will ring and ask for a copy of the report next week. I presume its the same number as on the appointment letter? 
  • thespicemanthespiceman Member Posts: 6,408 Disability Gamechanger
    Hello @Formidible   Pleased to meet you.

    Thank you for joining and sharing.

    I am one of the team of Community Champions .  We guide, advise and help members of our Community.

    Please may I suggest contact the following mental health charities.

    All offer floating support, benefit advice, information.  Would help here be supportive and offer a lot .

    Well being, health and meds anything else. Employment situations supported , worth looking at.

    https://www.richmondfellowship.org.uk.

    https://www.mind.org.uk.

    https://www.rethink.org.

    Might not be in all areas, you can self refer or speak to your GP.

    I have mental health myself used all three . 

    Please if I can help or advise with anything. Do advise the community please ask me.

    Have wealth of knowledge and expertise thirty years on going.

    Especially diet and nutrition small changes help.

    Glad to help.

    Please take care.


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  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Thanks Spiceman. Advice is greatly appreciate . I will keep posting in future and ask for more help if needed. I'm so glad I found this site. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks Poppy. I will ring and ask for a copy of the report next week. I presume its the same number as on the appointment letter? 
    It’s DWP you need to ring and not the health assessment providers.
    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Ok thanks Poppy. 
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,085 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome, I see you have already been given expert advise. I have been through the process and was found fit for work , I was housebound at the time, a full time wheelchair user hjowever this doesn't make any difference if you can self propel.

    I took this to MR which gave the same outcome so I went to tribunal and won my casse and was awarded LCWRA, a very long and anxious process but was worth keeping up the fight.

    I hope you get the result you are looking for and keep us updated 

  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Thanks Joner. 
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    I have today rung both DWP phone numbers I have to ask for a copy of my WCA report. However both numbers say they don't deal with UC claimants (answer message) and I need to go to my online UC account . Is this right? Surely there is a phone number I can ring the DWP on to get a copy of the report? 
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    I have now managed to get the correct number. When I called them the last kept me on hold them told me when the result is known I will receive a notification on my journal. At that point I can then request a copy of the report. This could be a month or more away. Is this right? I was told I could ask for a copy of the report after the DWP receive it? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    It sounds like the assessment report hasn't yet been returned to DWP and they won't send you a copy until it's been returned. If it's not been returned then it's likely it's been sent to audit, if it has then it will delay the decision process because a decision can't be made until it's returned. It's nothing to worry about if it is in audit, it just means that the HCP is being checked.

    You can ring the health assessment advisory service and ask them if the report has been returned, they will tell you if it has or not. See link for contact details. https://www.chdauk.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance-esa

    Sometimes they will not agree to send it until a decision's been made but it really depends on who you speak to.

    Once a decision's been made the letter will be uploaded onto your journal.

    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Ok thanks Poppy. I just wish they understood that delays mean increased anxiety for a lot of people , myself included. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    You're welcome. I totally understand the delays but there's really nothing we can do about backlogs. Hopefully you won't be waiting too much longer.
    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Well after another bad day yesterday I've just received the decision from the DWP from my Work Capability Assessment which I attended only last week! They have assessed me as LCWWRA. I am so relieved I can't tell you. Thanks Poppy and others for your support. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Great news and you're welcome. You will now receive the extra £336 per month but when you'll receive this will depend on when you're assessment periods are and when you first send evidence of limited capability for work. (fit note) This is because there's a 3 month waiting period and the LCWRA is paid on the 4th month of your claim.
    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.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,997

    Scope community team

    I’m sorry yesterday was a bad day @Formidible
    Greats news on the LCWRA decision! 
    Senior Community Partner
    Scope
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,085 Disability Gamechanger
    @Formidible That is great news and thank you for sharing this with us. It is always good to see positive results. It was also a very quick result. You can relax now something less to worry about
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Yes it now gives me some breathing space to make decisions in my best interest going forward without the pressure as you say. 

    I claimed UC with fit notes from 6th December so I think I would qualify for the extra money from 6th March. Thanks again. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    As UC is paid 1 month in areas then you will receive the extra money in your April payment.
    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Although I've been awarded LCWRA there is still an appointment scheduled for attending the Jobcentre and my work coach next week. This was arranged a month ago before the outcome of the assessment was known. Do I still have to attend this interview? What should I do? 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    No, you will not need to attend this appointment now. I'd advise you to put a note on your journal or to ring UC and tell then that you've been awarded LCWRA and no longer need to attend that appointment.
    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
    Does anyone know how long LCWRA is awarded for? This might sound a bit premature, as I've only just been awarded it, but it doesn't say anything about how long it's for in the letter, only "we may contact you again in the future". 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Decision letters have no timescales on them because you can be reassessed anytime from 3 months.
    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.
  • FormidibleFormidible Member Posts: 22 Listener
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