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I'm not sure what happens now with Universal Credit

jameselijameseli Member Posts: 4 Listener
edited January 2019 in Universal Credit
Hi I’m new and hoping someone may be able to help.  I am currently on universal credit 9 months, but 6 months ago I was taken ill.  I had to go for a assessment dwp the doctor was very nice and understanding I have never been to an assessment before. Anyway he has said I am unfit for work and possibly review in a year. I have never claimed benefits so I’m not sure what happens now will I get less money more money the same.  Will the dwp tell me.  Sorry for long post but a little confused 

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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Whether you get more money will depend on what the decision was and what you've been given. LCW there won't be any extra money each month and you'll remain on the same amount. LCWRA then you'll receive an extra £328 per month and this starts from the 4th month of your claim from when you sent in your first sick note.

    Who's told you, you're unfit for work? The person doing the assessment or a DWP decision maker? The decision has to be made by a DWP decision maker and not the HCP at the assessment.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • jameselijameseli Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you for replying. It was the WCA man that said he is recommending to dwp that I won’t be fit for work I have a heart problem and fistula several operations no success embarrassing as leak all the time and change of clothes few times a day sitting is so painful 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    The HCPs are not supposed to tell you anything like this. What they write in the report is just a recommendation. You'll have to wait for the decision to be made and only the decision maker can make this decision. Hopefully you'll receive this soon. Good luck.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • jameselijameseli Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you for your help, I’m not sure how long it takes weeks or months. 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    There's no time scales to any decision. You can request a copy of the assessment report yo be sent to you, if you live in the UK. That will give you some idea what the decision is likely to be as they mostly go with the report.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • jameselijameseli Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Thank you poppy I rang and they said until a decision is made I won’t be able to get a copy.  I am universal credit and to be honest I spoke to 2 different people and they both said the same 
  • DavidJohn1984DavidJohn1984 Member Posts: 99 Courageous
    @poppy123456

    When I had my WCA I was told you can’t request a copy of the report?

    My Assessor also told me that he was making a recommendation for not fit for work too.

    They did find me unfit, took me two months to hear back.

    Then the DWP tried to take all my back pay for an overpayment that was their fault.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    @poppy123456

    When I had my WCA I was told you can’t request a copy of the report?

    My Assessor also told me that he was making a recommendation for not fit for work too.

    They did find me unfit, took me two months to hear back.

    Then the DWP tried to take all my back pay for an overpayment that was their fault.
    Never believe everything they tell you. You can have a copy of the assessment report before a decision is made. I've had 3 ESA assessments and 3 PIP and i've received a copy of all my assessment reports before the decision's been made.

    The reason why the HCP is not supposed to say anything to you is because it's not their place to tell you. I've heard lots of stories where people have been told this and they've been stabbed in the back when they've received the report.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • DavidJohn1984DavidJohn1984 Member Posts: 99 Courageous
    @poppy123456

    How do you request them?

    mines a bit late now

    But I rang ATOS and they said for data protection they didn’t keep them once sent to DWP

    DWP told me once they had made a decision on your WCA they also destroyed the report?
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Ring DWP, you were incorrectly advised they dont destroy them once a decision is made. They're kept for at least a few years possibly longer.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • DavidJohn1984DavidJohn1984 Member Posts: 99 Courageous
    @poppy123456

    Thank you

    i’ll try this on Monday.
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