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shazzy93shazzy93 Member Posts: 21 Connected
had good news today - got awarded standard on PIP for Daily Living - had hoped for enhanced mobility but eh its a start. 🥰.

My question is related to the Work Capability Assessment Questionaire I filled in and returned a couple of weeks before applying for PIP. I still haven’t heard from them regarding this. I have informed them today that I have been awarded PIP and she just replied that it’s a different scheme. I said I know all that but what about how long it’s taking for their assessment. Don’t know what to do - leave it or ring. Any advice?  I’m in the process of splitting up with my husband of 33 years so once I do I will then need to be claiming UC (have received no payment as he earns too much - why it has to be based on a couples income rather than each individual is beyond me) 

thank you in advance


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    Great news on your PIP award.

    The person you spoke to is correct, they are 2 completely different benefits and the assessments are done by different assesment providers. How long it takes depends on backlog in your area.

    Yes you can ring the health assessment assessment advisory service and ask what's happening with your claim and they will tell you, if they have anything to tell. https://www.chdauk.co.uk/employment-and-support-allowance-esa

    The reason why UC is based on your partner earnings as well is because it's a means tested benefit and claiming this depends on your circumstances.

    Good luck with the WCA and hopefully you're not 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.
  • shazzy93shazzy93 Member Posts: 21 Connected
    Thank you Poppy. Fingers crossed I hear soon. When I put in the claim for UC the advisor said a work coach would be in touch. That was weeks ago. 

    You’re all so brilliant here. Thank you for you advice 🥰
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,134 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community, great news on PIP and fingers crossed your WCA will go the same way.

    It can take a while for work coaches to get in touch they are under lots of pressure and reduced resources at the minute

    Unfortunately if you are a couple living together then all incoming money is taken into account for means tested benefits.

    This has to be the right way as if one person wasnt working but the other was earning huge amounts its only fair that the nin working partner isnt able to claim benefits as it is all about household income not just individual
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