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Universal Credit and Limited Capability for Work? 05 Jan 2019 16:59 #12595

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I just had a thought. I`m currently on ESA WRAG (hanging by a very thin thread at the moment) and may possibly be going down the mandatory reconsideration then appeal route again very soon. I don`t plan to claim UC until such a time I have an appeal hearing (if that needs to happen). But found this on the MSE forum under UC:

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Now what happens if I`m waiting on an appeal hearing and it`s months away so I have to claim UC to have any money coming in, the online claim for UC asks if we have a disability or health problem that prevents us from working in the process of claiming. I would be filling this box out because I consider that I have chronic problems, so need to say what my circumstances are regarding my health for DWP to consider if I need a WORK CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT!!! :blink:

So here I am, in no man`s land waiting on a current ESA decision to drop, when I may have to claim UC and tell them I still HAVE the same medical problems and could be sent for another assessment? WTF? This could all happen just a few months after I`ve gone through one! :angry:

The utterly crazy mentality of all this is that I could win at appeal anyway, but the unknown is, how long can I stay away from claiming UC if my housing benefit becomes nil and I`m stuck in no man`s land waiting on an appeal date? I doubt my council will be happy with that.
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Universal Credit and Limited Capability for Work? 05 Jan 2019 18:53 #12601

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I would not worry about it till the time comes, You are already well ahead with research, Documented proof and so on,
so till "It Happens" chill,
Have some weed or open a bottle of wine, Worry never helps about something you are already fully prepared for. :)
and cannot do anything more about till it happens.
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Universal Credit and Limited Capability for Work? 06 Jan 2019 10:25 #12627

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I wish I was one of those people Paul that just waits for the s**t to hit the fan and worry about it when it occurs! I like to think I`m prepared most of the time but sometimes well laid plans become stalled. Maybe I should do that and ask for more HELP when it`s required rather than try to tackle a lot of it on my own, which appears to backfire all the time. I`ve realise that filling in forms on your own and writing long submissions and summary`s are seen as being able to do them. When I should be asking others to assist me. May need to change my stance on this in future.
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Universal Credit and Limited Capability for Work? 06 Jan 2019 16:32 #12631

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Been thinking about this; Perhaps at Assessments & Interviews Focus on what You Can Do Might show a more Positive outlook to your Assessor and Roach,
Providing Assessor/Roach have a grasp of what they are Supposed to be doing. :unsure:
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Universal Credit and Limited Capability for Work? 06 Jan 2019 17:30 #12632

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Well, that`s another way of looking at it Paul, but I`m afraid if you say something like -"I can cook a microwave meal" that comes across as being mentally able to understand the time settings on the microwave and the safety around such a task. Not to mention understanding the risks involved. That`s just an example though and doesn`t apply to me. But if what you say was true, the system would be far better and work around what people can do rather than just remove their entitlement to a WRAG award when a person is still not fully able to manage everything on that form. Believe me, give them an inch.....
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