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univeral credit. What happens if I don't go to my appointment after 30 days?

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four
four Community member Posts: 3 Listener
edited July 2022 in Universal Credit (UC)
good morning..i applied for univeral credit when am claiming esa and pip.i was reading online that i could.my mental and physical health are taking a battering right now and i wasn't able to attend the appointment this morning because am so ill.

i got a call and they are saying i have to attend at a later date! i really can't get out the door at the minute and don't think i can attend the meeting..

awayway my question is: what happens if i don't go to it after 30 days? will my other benefits be stopped or the case of it being a new claim after this period of time?


thanks for viewing and any replies would be of great help,,cheers!

stephen..

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  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    four said: what happens if i don't go to it after 30 days? will my other benefits be stopped or the case of it being a new claim after this period of time?
    If you are already getting ESA have you already been assessed for ESA or is this your first assessment for both?

    If the latter if you fail to attend the assessment the ESA will stop (but this makes no financial difference as the ESA is simply deducted from the UC anyway). The Work capability for UC will likely be stopped and you will be treated as Fit for Work and expected to look for work but the UC will not stop.

    Your PIP is not affected.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • four
    four Community member Posts: 3 Listener
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    calcotti said:
    four said: what happens if i don't go to it after 30 days? will my other benefits be stopped or the case of it being a new claim after this period of time?
    If you are already getting ESA have you already been assessed for ESA or is this your first assessment for both?

    If the latter if you fail to attend the assessment the ESA will stop (but this makes no financial difference as the ESA is simply deducted from the UC anyway). The Work capability for UC will likely be stopped and you will be treated as Fit for Work and expected to look for work but the UC will not stop.

    Your PIP is not affected.
    am already on esa and pip and have been for 10 years.i have memory problems and schizophrenia and really didn't mean to apply..really worried about this..what can i do?
  • calcotti
    calcotti Community member Posts: 10,010 Disability Gamechanger
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    If you have already been on ESA for that long I am not clear why they have referred you for an assessment. Your ESA status should have transferred across if you were still receiving ESA at the time you claimed UC (but unfortunately they can choose to reassess you).

    May be worth telling them about the difficulties the assessment is causing you and remind them you transferred across from ESA and query whether they actually need to do an assessment.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,131 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2022
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    calcotti said:
    four said: what happens if i don't go to it after 30 days? will my other benefits be stopped or the case of it being a new claim after this period of time?
    If you are already getting ESA have you already been assessed for ESA or is this your first assessment for both?
    It's not clear to me that this is an assessment. I read it as the OP has claimed UC and this is their first appointment at the job centre. Based on this comment.
    four said:
     will my other benefits be stopped or the case of it being a new claim after this period of time?


    four said:
    good morning..i applied for univeral credit when am claiming esa and pip.i was reading online that i could.my mental and physical health are taking a battering right now and i wasn't able to attend the appointment this morning because am so ill.



    Can you confirm that this is a new recent claim for UC? If so, if any part of your ESA is Income Related then this will stop after 2 weeks.
    If any part of your ESA is contributions based then this will continue and be deducted in full from any UC entitlement.
    I would appreciate it if members wouldn't tag me please. I have all notifcations turned off and wouldn't want a member thinking i'm being rude by not replying.
    If i see a question that i know the answer to i will try my best to help.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,499 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @four :) I can imagine this would be quite distressing, on top of the challenges you're currently facing with your health.

    Are you receiving any support to help you manage your schizophrenia and memory problems?

    As you've mentioned struggling to get out of the door at the moment, I also wanted to check whether you've been able to get all of the essential items you need in, such as food and medicine?   

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