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Hi, my name is Lindseyjane82! I've been put in limited capability to work. Will I get extra money?

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Lindseyjane82
Lindseyjane82 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
edited August 2022 in Universal Credit (UC)
Hi I’m wondering if anyone can help me I’ve had an health assessment on the 26th July and I’ve received a message in my UC journal to say I’ve been put in limited capability to work does that mean I get extra money or do I carry on getting the same amount as before the assessment 

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  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
    edited August 2022
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    Welcome to the community @Lindseyjane82 :) It's great to have you on board! Thank you for joining us.

    I've moved your post into our category for discussions relating to Universal Credit, and have renamed it slightly. 

    Unfortunately, my understanding is that you won't receive an additional payment if you've been awarded LCW, not LCWRA.

    The entitledto website explains the following:
    New UC claims from 3 April 2017 onwards, and existing UC claimants whose circumstances change after 3 April 2017 so they are newly placed in the LCW group, are not awarded the extra amount called the LCW element as it was abolished. You will still be eligible for the work allowance and your work-related requirements will take account of this, you just won't get the increase in your award.

    This change doesn't affect:
    • existing Universal Credit claimants with LCW before 3 April 2017
    • existing Universal Credit claimants with LCW before 3 April 2017, who have a further Work Capability Assessment (re-assessment) after 3 April 2017 and are placed into the LCW group, even if they move from the LCWRA group
    • claimants in the LCWRA group, who will continue to get the LCWRA element
    • claimants of Employment and Support Allowance before 3 April 2017 who are receiving the WRAG component and are later moved over to Universal Credit
    • LCW claims made on or after 3 April 2017 which were backdated to a date before 3 April 2017
    • mandatory reconsideration and appeal decisions for LCW claims that were made before 3 April 2017
    If you think you should have been placed in the LCWRA group, you could look into submitting a Mandatory Reconsideration (MR). Citizens Advice have some information about that on their website.

    Does that make sense?

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

  • Lindseyjane82
    Lindseyjane82 Community member Posts: 2 Listener
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    Thank you so much for your advice how do I appeal against this decision???
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,032 Disability Gamechanger
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    First step to appeal is to request the Mandatory Reconsideration. (MR) You need to state why you think you should have been found to have LCWRA and which descriptor you think applies to you. Before doing this you should take a look at the descriptors to see if any of them apply to you. You only need to meet one of them the majority of the time. https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/universal-credit-uc/uc-faq/limited-capability-for-work-related-activity
    The most likely outcome of the MR is the decision will remain the same. If it does then it's Tribunal.


    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: 12,508 Disability Gamechanger
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    No problem @Lindseyjane82 :) I hope that poppy123456's comment has helped to answer that for you!

    Please do take a look at the descriptors, and let us know how you get on. It can all feel a bit overwhelming, but we're here to support you where we can.

    National Campaigns Officer at Scope, she/her

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