I've applied for LCWRA. How long does the process take? Will I be entitled to backpay? — Scope | Disability forum

I've applied for LCWRA. How long does the process take? Will I be entitled to backpay?

Salpal Member Posts: 1 Listener
edited November 2021 in Universal Credit (UC)
Can anyone help? I've applied for LCWRA and wondering how long the process takes? I sent my first fit note in May 2021 and have been sending them in every time I was asked, I was sent the form to fill in, in August which I completed and sent back straight away. It is now November and I have still not heard anything. I know there is a 3 month waiting period and was wondering if that started from my first fit note in May or from my form in August and if I will be entitled to any backpay and how long back, I'm finding it all a bit confusing! Many thanks in advance! 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 28,397 Disability Gamechanger

    There's huge backlogs for assessments so the wait could be quite a few months. Most people have assessments which are usually through telephone or face to face.
    The waiting period starts from when you reported your health condition, it just means that if you're assessed as having LCWRA you won't be paid the extra money at all for those first 3 months. Then the extra money starts from the 4th month (backdated for those that waited more than this for their decision)
    Unfortunately, all you can do is wait.
  • chiarieds
    chiarieds Community Co-Production Group Posts: 12,265 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @Salpal - & welcome to the community. I hope Poppy's advice above helps. :)
  • Tori_Scope
    Tori_Scope Posts: 8,161

    Scope community team

    I also just wanted to welcome you to the community @Salpal, and check whether you had any further questions about your LCWRA application? Wait times can unfortunately be quite long, but hopefully you'll hear back soon :)
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