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New UC claim from ESA support

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Debbie1234
Debbie1234 Community member Posts: 183 Courageous
please help 
I have recently made a new claim for universal credit as my husband would like to earn £100 a week for his own mental health and diet work he is my carer and we have applied for carers allowance I have been on employment support allowance support group since 2010 they are now asking me to attend a first appointment at the job centre but they want a fit note is this correct as I am only transferring ? Do they have the right to ask me for this it seems silly as they already know all this I suffer severe agoraphobia and panic attacks and don’t like meeting new people. Can someone please tell me my rights this is frightening me or do I just stay on employment support allowance support group save the hassle

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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,110 Disability Gamechanger
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    Calcotti has replied on your other thread here https://forum.scope.org.uk/discussion/94264/carers-allowance-and-esa#latest
    as has been advised, yes they do ask for a fit note because it’s part of the process. You need to tell them that you’re in the Support Group for ESA. Once those claim details are passed onto UC then the fit note query will be removed.
    You do need to attend your local Job centre for your first appointment, I did advise that on your other thread. 
    As you’ve now claimed UC any Income Related ESA you were claiming will end in 2 weeks. You won’t be able to go back now. 
    Try not to panic, easier said than done I know but it will all work out just fine but it can take a few weeks.
    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.
  • Debbie1234
    Debbie1234 Community member Posts: 183 Courageous
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    Hello again Poppy
    Thank you so much for replying I did make a note of it on the journal message to the lady that I am attending the appointment with next week. She said that I could bring my husband with me but I needed to bring a fit note I said that I was on employment support allowance in the support group at the moment and it was short notice to get a fit note I do have a letter from my doctor with all my conditions on it which I can take with me.
    thank you for your reassurance once again Poppy 🥰 honestly I have been crying and shaking for 2 hours. I feel a little better now

    kind Regards 
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 57,110 Disability Gamechanger
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    You're welcome. I do understand the anxiety it causes. You have a little while yet before your first statement but hopefully the LCWRA element will be added.
    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.
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