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Universal Credit not accepting doctor's fit note?

LeeA380 Member Posts: 55 Connected
edited September 30 in Universal Credit (UC)
I have been out of work injured for a while and have the relevant sick notes from my GP.

However, now that my ESA assessment has come back with 0 points, they moved me permanently on to UC and now see me as fit to work in some capacity.

Can DWP really overrule doctors' fit notes? What do I do now?


  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 12,311 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    Unfortunately the answer is yes 
    Once the work capability decision is made and you are found fit for work they no longer require fit notes 

    You can appeal the decision if you think it is incorrect by submitting a mandatory reconsideration within one month of the decision 

    The alternative is to report a change in condition or new condition this will start the whole assessment process off again 
    Here to help with my experience in hunan resources and employment rights 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,039 Disability Gamechanger
    That is the point of the Work Capability Assessment. As janer has advised, you can request a Manadtory Reconsideration of the decision (and if that fails can appeal to the tribunal service).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,843 Disability Gamechanger
    LeeA380 said:

    However, now that my ESA assessment has come back with 0 points, they moved me permanently on to UC and now see me as fit to work in some capacity.

    That's not correct. No one moved you permanently to UC because that's not possible. You would have needed to claim it yourself. If you were claiming New style ESA then this is time limited to 1 year unless you're placed into the Support Group and then it's paid for as long as you remain in that group.
  • mikehughescq
    mikehughescq Member Posts: 7,508 Disability Gamechanger
    A fit note from a GP is a recommendation and no more than that. DWP no more have to follow it than a person has to refrain from work if they have one. 


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