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My friend's been told she's had a WCA and is fit to work, but she hasn't had a WCA or done the form?

marebie Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited October 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)
hello, am new here and am glad to have chance this community forum via web browsing in search of answers.
I am currently helping a friend who has been mandated by UC to go back to work even if she's still under treatment for Lymph-TB and chronic Hep-B (after having completed chemo&radiotherapy for lymphoma cancer in may2019).  UC claims that my friend has completed a work capability assessment and evaluation deemed her to be capable to work. However, we are at a loss as to how an assessment was made when she has not completed GU50 form nor has had an assessment by phone.  Where can we ask for copy of GU50 and Assessment decsion?
thank you for your advise



  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Community Co-Production Group Posts: 907 Pioneering
    Hello @marebie

    Welcome to Scope's forum. It is great to see you have joined us. Unfortunately, this is not my area of expertise and I am hoping someone with more knowledge in this area can respond to you soon. However, in the meantime, I wanted to thank you for reaching out. I always appreciate how much courage it must take to reach out for the first time! If there is anything else you would like our support with, please don't hesitate to reach out again  :)
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  • janer1967
    janer1967 Member Posts: 13,329 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community 

    This all sounds strange as you say there is normally a uc50 form completed and an assessment to decide on fitness to work 

    I suggest a note on her journal mark it payment query then a case manager should see it 

    Explain what has happened and ask for the reason why the process has not been followed 

    Or contact her work coach though they don't always give the best advise 
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 3,792 Disability Gamechanger
    edited October 2021
    Can you provide a bit more history.
    Was she claiming UC while having the treatment in 2019? Was she treated as having LCWRA at the time?
    If she was previously treated as having LCWRA then her status can only be changed if a WCA is carried out and, as you say, a UC50 would have to be issued to be completed and returned. If that hasn't happened I think she needs to request a mandatory Reconsideration of the decision to find her Fit for Work on the grounds that she has not participated in a WCA and has not had the opportunity to complete a UC50 and supply any other relevant information to inform a WCA.
    You can certainly ring and ask for a copy of the assessment report.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • AndrewHall
    AndrewHall Member Posts: 54 Connected
    Seems strange but nothing surprises me giving DWP's record of stamping on the citizens' fundamental human rights. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,627 Disability Gamechanger
    Im wondering if they were found fit for work for failing to return the UC50 form? When claiming UC if you’re referred for the WCA you will receive a letter on your journal telling you to expect a form in the post. You can check the journal for this.


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