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Hi, my name is charlie22! I have been awarded LCW, but looking to appeal

charlie22
charlie22 Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited November 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi I’m new to this, 
looking for advice please. I have been awarded limited capability for work but looking to appeal the decision to get it with work related activities. My health condition is generalised anxiety disorder which affects every aspect of my life and has done for years now. I’ve developed alopecia due to the severe stress and worry my condition brings. I also suffer with migraines brought on by my condition. My life is restricted I wake up and go to bed with the fear of dread and worry and anxious thoughts that don’t stop it’s taken over my life! Can anyone help me on what to do in terms of appealing the decision I have done nothing but cry all day I’m so upset. Takes a lot to open up and you do and get knocked back when you genuinely struggle every single day, I have lost jobs and have taken lots of time of work in the jobs I’ve had due to my condition and how severe it affects me I don’t know where else to turn any help or advice is appreciated. 

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,573 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,
    If this decision was recently then you first step will be to request the Mandatory Reconsideration (MR) you can do this on your journal. You should state why you think you should have been awarded LCWRA and give a couple of real world examples of what happened the last time you attempted that activity. Include information such as where you were, what exactly happened, did anyone see it, what the consequences were.
    Have you had a look at the descriptors to see if you qualify for LCWRA? You can see them here. https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/universal-credit-uc/uc-faq/3904-limited-capability-for-work-related-activity
    Also have a look at substantial risk, which often applies to those that suffer mental health. https://wcainfo.net/issues/substantial-risk-lcwra

    If the MR decision doesn't change then it's Tribunal. Waiting times for MR decisions can be anything from 2-12 weeks, sometimes longer.
    You may want to get some expert advice. For this, start here. https://advicelocal.uk/



  • charlie22
    charlie22 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you for your reply, I will take a look 
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,607 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @charlie22 - & welcome to the community. I'm so sorry to read about the problems you're facing, but I'm sure the advice Poppy has given will help you with a Mandatory Reconsideration. May I ask if you're claiming PIP (Personal Independence Payment)?
  • woodbine
    woodbine Community Co-Production Group Posts: 6,055 Disability Gamechanger
    @charlie22 hi and a welcome from me also, are you getting the help you need with your problems?
    Be kind to newer members
  • charlie22
    charlie22 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    @chiarieds @woodbine thank you both ?
     i am not claiming PIP just standard UC although my UC advisor has mentioned to apply with my condition just afraid of the constant knock backs ? it’s so frustrating 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,573 Disability Gamechanger
    PIP is not awarded based on any diagnosis. It's how those conditions affect your ability to carry out daily activities based on the PIP descriptors. The PIP claims process is quite long and it's estimated at about 10months from starting a claim to having a decision.
    It does help to have some understanding of the descriptors and what they mean. Start here. https://pipinfo.net/

  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 11,607 Disability Gamechanger
    As well as the informative link above, this may also be helpful to look through as it's about PIP & mental health issues. Please see: https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/en/welfare-benefits/pip-mental-health-guide/    & look through the different sections.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,716

    Scope community team

    Hello @charlie22

    Welcome to the community, I hope the above replies have been helpful and I'm sure you'll find the community to be a positive outlet for you. 

    It seems as though your GAD impacts your day to day life quite a bit, are you receiving all the support you need to manage it? 
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  • charlie22
    charlie22 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    @Ross_Scope I don’t think I get any support to be honest I feel it takes a lot to open up and to explain how it affects me even to my GP no one seems to have enough time to understand and listen to me. Hence why I’m so annoyed I received this decision when I was literally crying down the phone explaining how I struggle everyday. I don’t see any hope at the moment I feel like they push you to the edge which makes me close up and not want to speak about it. 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 25,573 Disability Gamechanger
    I think the majority of people think the same, i know i certainly do. It's extremely difficult to tell others exactly how your conditions affect you and to open up about them. We often just battle through as best we can.
    They have acknowledged you have a health condition that limits your capability to work, they just think that you're capable of preparing to work sometime in the future, which means attending appointments with your work coach. This can either be through telephone or face to face at your local Job centre.
    When you request the MR make sure you add a couple or real world examples as explained above.
    Did you have a look at the links i posted above to see if any of those descriptors apply to you?
    I'd also advise you to get some expert advice from an agency near you and then once you've explained your conditions and how you're affected they will be able to tell you if you qualify for LCWRA because if you don't there's little point in requesting the MR. This link will help with that. https://advicelocal.uk/

  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,716

    Scope community team

    edited November 2021
    Hello @charlie22


    Thank you for being so open and honest with us about it, I really appreciate it. I would encourage you to access your GP to see what support they could offer you for your anxiety, but of course if you have already seen them and not made any progress then you may be hesitant to go back. Perhaps you could see a different GP?

    Furthermore, there are always support services out there that you don't need to speak with your GP to access, such as resources like this from Mind, or the Samaritans who you can call on 116 123. This community will always be around too of course, and Scope have a helpline that you are more than welcome to call.
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  • charlie22
    charlie22 Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you everyone I have zero energy and zero motivation I just don’t know what to do. Talking seems too much I can’t be bothered I cry when someone tries to have a conversation with me I don’t have the energy to speak. My words don’t come out how I expect them to I get jumbled up especially when filling these forms out nothing makes sense what I write. @poppy123456 I cannot make any decisions I can’t think I can’t take any new information in. I can’t plan any journeys I can’t go out, I can’t even do a food shop I’m too paranoid everyone is staring, my mind is whizzing around 24 hours a day I can’t think straight I can’t even read properly I can’t absorb any information it won’t soak in hence why it takes so long to reply. I’ve been thinking of examples to write and I just don’t know I had 3 panic attacks today worrying about it. I don’t think there is much hope for me I can’t understand what goes on in my head so I don’t know how to tell other people how bad it actually is. It’s physically affecting me but I get looked at like there’s nothing wrong with me I have done most of my life. If I could be “normal” I really would because this is horrible to live with. Sorry for being so depressing I just need to get it out. 
  • Teddybear12
    Teddybear12 Community Co-Production Group Posts: 2,052 Pioneering
    edited November 2021
    Hi @charlie22 You can call the Smaritans  anytime day or night from any phone free 116 123 or you can email [email protected]  response time 24 hours. You can talk to them they listen. They will not judge or tell you what to do. You have done really well opening up on the site did it help you at all? There is always hope please do not give up. Just saying I can't plan a journey I can't go out is not enough. You need to explain what happened last time you tried to do this. Did you manage to  look at the link provided by poppy123456 to see where you can get expert advice locally from? You have said you are not able to do a food shop do you have someone to do this for you? Are you eating? Take care.
  • Ross_Scope
    Ross_Scope Posts: 5,716

    Scope community team

    Hi @charlie22

    Thank you again for speaking so honestly about how you feel, it can be hard to speak about these things but I hope taking the important step of talking about them on here helps you to feel better about it. I hope you find the resources provided by @Teddybear12 helpful :) 

    Have you considered referring yourself for a needs assessment through your local authority? To see if they could support you in any way, more information can be found here.
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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 7,005

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    Hi @charlie22 :) I just wanted to check-in to see how you've been doing since you last posted on the community? How have things been? 
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