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Will LWCRA be backdated? I've been handing in fit notes since November 2020

oscarotis
oscarotis Member Posts: 6 Listener
edited August 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi,  I have recently been awarded PIP (Enhanced Living & Lower Mobility) and was advised to apply for LWCRA.  I have been providing sick (fit) notes since November 2020 with no gaps.  If I am successful will I get any backdated money?

Thanks 

Comments

  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    Your PIP award has no relivance on the work capability assessment. If you're placed into the LCWRA group then you will receive the extra money from either April or May 2021, depending the exact dates you reported the health condition and your assessment periods. This is because there's a 3 full assessment period waiting time.
  • oscarotis
    oscarotis Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi,

    The 3 month assessment period is what I am
    getting confused about.  If I reported my Health condition in November then shouldn’t the 3 month period start from then?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    As advised, it depends on the dates of your assessment periods and exactly when you reported the health condition.

    If you reported it at the start of your AP then yes from November. If you reported it after the start of your AP then the month you reported it doesn't count because it has to be 3 full months. 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 6,281 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2021
    If you have been providing Fit Notes since November you should have been sent a WCA form (UC50) in December. If this has not happened post a note in your journal saying "I have been providing Fit Notes since last November but have never received a UC50 which I now understand should have been issued 29 days after I first reported my health condition. Please arrange for this to be issued."
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    calcotti said:
    should have been issued 2 days after I first reported my health condition.
    Typo here. This should have been 29 days,not 2 days.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 6,281 Disability Gamechanger
    poppy123456 said: Typo here. This should have been 29 days,not 2 days.
    Thanks poppy - now corrected (just before my 60 minutes ran out!)
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • oscarotis
    oscarotis Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Hi, I called the UC helpline who informed me a decision has been made about my my UC50, but they can’t tell me over the phone. I have not had an assessment or a phone call, just completed the application form and there is nothing on my journal?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    oscarotis said:
    Hi, I called the UC helpline who informed me a decision has been made about my my UC50, but they can’t tell me over the phone. I have not had an assessment or a phone call, just completed the application form and there is nothing on my journal?

    You will need to wait for the decision letter to be uploaded onto your journal, until then there's nothing more you can do.
  • oscarotis
    oscarotis Member Posts: 6 Listener
    Ahh ok, I thought I would need an assessment before a decision was made.  Thanks for your reply.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    Most people do but a paper based assessment is possible.

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