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My sick note doesn't run out till next March, should I have to attend work search interviews?

steve1965
steve1965 Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited September 27 in Universal Credit (UC)
I've been on sick now for several years ( universal credit),  drug intolerant fibromyalgia,  spondylitis and COPD.  In the last couple of months I've had to have three work search interviews even though sick note doesn't run out till next march . I would like to know if they should be asking me to attend these meetings,  they should know that stress causes me pain and I cant get relief from it because I cant take the drugs because of the fibromyalgia.  Should they be bothering me every 2 weeks ? Or are they breaking rules or even laws by what they are doing ?
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    A fit note doesn't automatically entitle you to limited capability for work. It's down to the discretion of your owrk coach whether they turn off all commitments. Have you been referred for a work capability assessment yet?
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,039 Disability Gamechanger
    Unless you have been found to have LCW or LCWRA you are treated as a jobseeker although, as poppy says, the work coach has discretion to turn off requirements. 
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • steve1965
    steve1965 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    LCW  ?
    LCWRA  ? 
    What are they ?
    How can your work coach be allowed to cause me pain . Stress causes me pain as well as other problems,  she knows yet still puts me through it even when she knows I dont get any relief from it as I cant take the medication needed . Meds have nearly killed me twice and that's how I know I have drug intolerant fibromyalgia.  I'm being tortured and they think it's ok. 
  • steve1965
    steve1965 Member Posts: 3 Listener
    In the seven + years I've been on sick I've had 1 assessment and because I could lift my arm I was told I'm capable of work . I'm waiting,  last 18 months for another assessment.  I've been told it will be soon . I've only just , last couple of months , had to go to interviews again . They are pushing me back into a very dark place mentally.  I've been waiting 16 months so far to see mental health at hospital and was almost sectioned by police/ paramedics on their last visit . 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    The work focused interviews were suspended for quite sometime. They were then through phone calls but have now started back up at your local job centre.
    There's information here regarding claiming UC with a health condition, which contains information about LCW and LCWRA.
    It's entirely at the discretion of your work coach whether they turn off work your commitments. You can request a different work coach but there's no guarantee whether the new one will switch off commitments.
    You said you're waiting for an assessment, have you filled out a work capability assesment form? It will be this one.


  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,039 Disability Gamechanger
    Because you were found Fit for Work you are a jobseeker. Requirements were suspended last year due to Covid but are back in place. As advised, if you have reported a deterioration in your health, your work coach has discretion to turn off the requirements. You would need to discuss this with them.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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