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Achyshakeypains
Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
After a VERY LONG YEAR wait I got a phone call today for my work capability assessment.  I am on UC been sending fit notes for a year

Any ideas how long it takes for them to decide if i am or not fit to work and when will I find out?

Thank you x
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  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
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    It can take up to 12 weeks for a decision. Once the decision is made they will upload the letter onto your journal. You will only receive extra money if the decision is LCWRA/
    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.
  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    It can take up to 12 weeks for a decision. Once the decision is made they will upload the letter onto your journal. You will only receive extra money if the decision is LCWRA/
    Wow thats a long time. A friend of mine took 2 days thats why I asked as I thought that was not normal.

    Thank you
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
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    Well, it's up to 12 weeks. Some have a decision within a couple of days. Some wait a week, some a few weeks and others several 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.
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Scope Posts: 12,492 Disability Gamechanger
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    Hi @Achyshakeypains :) Waiting times do vary quite a bit unfortunately, as poppy123456 has said. I hope that you're not waiting too long!

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  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    Hi all I got letter today 2 days after and it says the following.

    Does this mean I am enitled to more money due to my disabiltys or not.
    And I started sending fits notes in from last October  thank you 


  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2022
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    @Achyshakeypains You have been awarded LCWRA worth £354.28 a month extra. Well Done.

    You won’t have any work related commitments and will no longer need to attend appointments. It should be backdated to around February depending on your AP.
  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    Thank you and what does AP mean ?x 

    I started sendig notes in oct 2022 not missed a month had to do the WCA fourm around January.


  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    Also as I claim UC already is this gonna be effected?

    ALSO my mom works 16 hours a week will this affect her rent and counlic tax/ will I have to pay anything now as I am getting more money x
  • bg844
    bg844 Community member Posts: 3,887 Disability Gamechanger
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    AP stands for Assessment Period, it’s how they work out how much money you are entitled to for that month. Your UC will go up by the amount above (£354.28) which is paid on top of your standard allowance plus any other elements you receive (other than the Carer’s Element). You will also now have a work allowance if you ever chose to work, although you don’t have to now with this new award.

    Council Tax is separate depending on your local authority. Meaning depending on circumstances you potentially could get a bigger discount due to LCWRA.
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
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    I started sendig notes in oct 2022 not missed a month had to do the WCA fourm around January.

    You must mean Oct 2021. What was the exact date you reported the fit note and what date do you usually receive your money each month?
    The answer to those questions will determine when the LCWRA is paid from because there's a full 3 month assessment period waiting time. The extra money is paid from the 4th month.

    ALSO my mom works 16 hours a week will this affect her rent and counlic tax/ will I have to pay anything now as I am getting more money x
    What benefits exactly does your mum claim?


    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.
  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    My mom is on UC she works 16 hours a week.

    and  

    My first note I sent was ..
    • Fit note start date: 16 October 2021
    • Fit note end date: 14 November 2021

    and I get paid on the 5th of every month.

    Also how often is the re assements x?
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2022
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    That means your waiting period will be Oct/Nov, Nov/Dec, Dec/Jan.. LCWRA payable from AP Jan/Feb and first payment would be Feb 5th 2022. This means they owe you 8 months up until now.
    It often takes a few weeks to pay what they owe you. They first have to recalculate your past statements to work out what you should have been paid, against what you have been paid. You will then be paid the difference between the 2. Once this is done you'll receive a letter on your jounral and the money will then be paid into your bank.
    For the non dependant deductions for your mums UC if you are under 21 then there's no non dependant deductions. If you are over 21 and receiving either mid/high rate care DLA or PIP Daily living then there's no non dependant deductions.
    There would also be no deductions is your mum receives either PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care for herself.
    For re assessments, timescales are only ever a guide. LCWRA is an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise. There's huge backlogs so for now, you can relax.
    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.
  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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    That means your waiting period will be Oct/Nov, Nov/Dec, Dec/Jan.. LCWRA payable from AP Jan/Feb and first payment would be Feb 5th 2022. This means they owe you 8 months up until now.
    It often takes a few weeks to pay what they owe you. They first have to recalculate your past statements to work out what you should have been paid, against what you have been paid. You will then be paid the difference between the 2. Once this is done you'll receive a letter on your jounral and the money will then be paid into your bank.
    For the non dependant deductions for your mums UC if you are under 21 then there's no non dependant deductions. If you are over 21 and receiving either mid/high rate care DLA or PIP Daily living then there's no non dependant deductions.
    There would also be no deductions is your mum receives either PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care for herself.
    For re assessments, timescales are only ever a guide. LCWRA is an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise. There's huge backlogs so for now, you can relax.

    Thank you ever so much so will the payments owed to me be paid same time as my UC or will it be seprate payment, and just to claitfy me now getting extra money LCWRA would that mean that my mom would have to pay MORE rent/counlic rax as more is coming in to household and I am getting more money my self or does it not count as its LCWRA and not a wage so to speake.



  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Community member Posts: 54,149 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2022
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    Money owed is paid separately. For the deductions i answered your question above. See my reply here.

    For the non dependant deductions for your mums UC if you are under 21 then there's no non dependant deductions. If you are over 21 and receiving either mid/high rate care DLA or PIP Daily living then there's no non dependant deductions.
    There would also be no deductions if your mum receives either PIP daily living or DLA mid/high rate care for herself.
    For re assessments, timescales are only ever a guide. LCWRA is an ongoing award until a new decision says otherwise. There's huge backlogs so for now, you can relax.

    Can't advise about council tax reduction because all Local Authorities have their own rules.
    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.
  • Achyshakeypains
    Achyshakeypains Community member Posts: 28 Connected
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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,978 Disability Gamechanger
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    Thanks for sharing your update with us @Achyshakeypains. How are you feeling about things at the moment?  :)
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  • gail57
    gail57 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    I just had my health assessment for lwcra face to face yesterday, hope it doesn't take to long for a desition
  • Jimm_Scope
    Jimm_Scope Posts: 2,705 Scope online community team
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    Let us know how it goes @gail57! If any issues do arise we can help signpost what options there are :)
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  • gail57
    gail57 Community member Posts: 5 Listener
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    Yes will do thanks
  • Achyshakeypains
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