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APPLYING FOR UC - DISABLED STUDENTS

AprilApril Member Posts: 98 Courageous
edited June 2020 in Universal Credit
I was going to apply for New Style ESA for my daughter as a way of getting a capability for work assessment. Then I was going to apply for UC for her. I was told that this was the only way round the system to get UC for disabled students.
 But, with coronavirus, capability for work assessments have been dropped. So what do I do now? Do I apply straight away for UC for her?
Hope someone can help. Thanks 

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  • Rhodie72Rhodie72 Member Posts: 16 Connected
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  • janer1967janer1967 Community champion Posts: 7,434 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi You can still apply tho there will be a delay in assessments etc but they are still taking place over the phone rather than face to face.

    If you apply for UC in order to have a capability assessment you need to provide medical certificates to start the process going, they will then after time send the work capability assessment form, but be warned this is a long process even in normal times.

    So the earlier you start the process the better I was waiting 7 months from sending in first sick note to a decision

    Im not able to advise whether you should claim ESA or UC as IM not really knowledgeable which is for which etc 
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,948 Scope community team
    Hello @April. Can I ask how old your daughter is and whether you are still receiving any benefits for her (tax credit, child element of UC or child benefit)?
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  • AprilApril Member Posts: 98 Courageous
    Hello @April. Can I ask how old your daughter is and whether you are still receiving any benefits for her (tax credit, child element of UC or child benefit)?
    Hi Adrian, My daughter is nearly 21 and she gets PIP due to her disability.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,948 Scope community team
    Thanks for the information @April. She should be able to claim Universal Credit with a fit note from her GP to begin the Work Capability Assessment process. 
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  • AprilApril Member Posts: 98 Courageous
    Thanks for the information @April. She should be able to claim Universal Credit with a fit note from her GP to begin the Work Capability Assessment process. 

    Thanks Adrian. I thought disabled students were barred from getting a work capability assessment for UC. Apparently they get rejected for UC at that point. They are entitled to UC, but can't get it because they are refused a work capability assessment. A catch 22 situation. Is that right? Or have the rules changed during the pandemic? 
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