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I have enhanced PIP - now having to apply for Limited Capability to Work

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RWALSH200
RWALSH200 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
Hi There,

This is my first post - thank you all for reading. In October 2021 I was awarded  enhanced rate PIP for both. Before this I was self-employed on Universal Credit (and got an extension for having to earn when my illness took over due to COVID).

I have now been told to apply for the UC Limited Capability to Work form and I've just received it and it's making me feel sick having to go through a very similar process to PIP again, with the detailing and the assessment.

I wonder, due to being on enhanced rate for both with PIP if they are likely to still call me for an assessment? I know they see LCW and PIP as very separate (which seems so stupid) but I can't find out anywhere if being on PIP is going to help my case at all or make it even a little bit easier. Does anyone know?

Thank you for your help. 

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    RWALSH200 said:
    I wonder, due to being on enhanced rate for both with PIP if they are likely to still call me for an assessment? 
    Your PIP award is not a consideration when deciding LCW/LCWRA and you are likely to require an assessment (unless you automatically qualify due to having cancer and receiving certain treatment or some other health conditions).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • RWALSH200
    RWALSH200 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    calcotti said:
    RWALSH200 said:
    I wonder, due to being on enhanced rate for both with PIP if they are likely to still call me for an assessment? 
    Your PIP award is not a consideration when deciding LCW/LCWRA and you are likely to require an assessment (unless you automatically qualify due to having cancer and receiving certain treatment or some other health conditions).
    Okay, that is a shame, thank you for explaining. I wonder do you know what % of people who apply for LCWRA get it? Also, if one month I feel well enough to do some self-employed work and wish to declare it, does that effect my LCWRA award? Thank you
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    RWALSH200 said:if one month I feel well enough to do some self-employed work and wish to declare it, does that effect my LCWRA award? 
    No. 
    if you are found to have LCW or LCWRA you will still have to declare your self employed income and expenditure each month (even if it is nil). You will have a Work Allowance applied to the claim meaning that the first £335 or £557 of earnings will be ignored (depending on whether or not your award include such the housing element). The 55% taper rate will only be applied to earnings in excess of the Work Allowance. [If you have children on your claim you will already be getting the Work Allowance.]

    Working will only affect the LCW or LCWRA decision if the type of work contradicts the reasons you were found to have LCW/LCWRA in which case you may be reassessed.

    There will be statistics on how many WCAs result in LCWRA decision but I don’t have the figures to hand.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
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