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    • Former MSE Sam M
    • By Former MSE Sam M 28th Jul 17, 10:44 AM
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    Guide discussion: Universal credit
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    • 28th Jul 17, 10:44 AM
    Guide discussion: Universal credit 28th Jul 17 at 10:44 AM

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    • Ames
    • By Ames 1st Jan 18, 12:05 PM
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    If you are on DLA/PIP you can request a WCA regardless of how many hours you work/how much you earn.

    If you are awarded LCWRA you will get an extra element on your UC (about £318 per month).

    If you are awarded LCW there is no more money.

    In either case you are exempt from 'conditionality' - i.e. jobsearch requirements.

    You can work as many or as few hours as you want.
    Originally posted by WillowCat
    So disabled people have to go through the stress of a WCA to be able to work?

    This is utter, utter madness.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • WillowCat
    • By WillowCat 1st Jan 18, 2:37 PM
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    So disabled people have to go through the stress of a WCA to be able to work?

    This is utter, utter madness.
    Originally posted by Ames
    Not at all. But they do have to undertake a WCA in order to access more money, and most importantly to get the status of not having to do a set number of hours. It gives them the freedom to work as much or as little as they please - because if they are disabled it's very likely they can't manage full time hours.

    How do you think it should be decided who has this freedom?
    • Ames
    • By Ames 1st Jan 18, 2:52 PM
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    Ames
    Not at all. But they do have to undertake a WCA in order to access more money, and most importantly to get the status of not having to do a set number of hours. It gives them the freedom to work as much or as little as they please - because if they are disabled it's very likely they can't manage full time hours.

    How do you think it should be decided who has this freedom?
    Originally posted by WillowCat
    The tax credit rules seem to work.

    It seems completely nonsensical that to be able to work someone has to be assessed as unfit to work. It doesn't appear to be the best plan for encouraging people into work.

    I'm thinking of the effect this will have on people like Messed up, who asked the question.
    Unless I say otherwise 'you' means the general you not you specifically.
    • Smithy2018
    • By Smithy2018 13th Jan 18, 12:02 PM
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    I'm disabled (muscular dystrophy (progressive no cure)) and have been on Working Tax Credit for over 10yrs, back in September 2017 I had to do a change of circumstances as i had moved house and split from my wife. I was told WTC was no longer available in my area and I would have to change to Universal Credit.

    I had to wait 6 weeks to get my first payment but this only included my housing benefit, I was then told I would have to complete a Limited Capacity to Work form. I asked to be sent this form but was then told I would need to get a Fit Note from my doctor first, record it online then take it to the DWP to be verified. After all that I finally got to complete the form, then had to wait for it to be decided if I'd need go to a medical examination.

    On 9th Jan I finally got confirmed that I am eligible for the Limited Capacity for Work element of UC, but it can't be backdated to the start of my claim cause they only do that if you were on ESA. Because I wasn't on ESA I would have to wait 13 weeks before they can pay me the LCW element (though as 13 weeks had passed since September I would get my first payment on 24 January, but I haven't been told how much). So I have lost £514 a month since September whilst battling to sort out this disability element of UC. All I got from UC was that is the legislation if you want to complain you need to write to your MP.

    It's been a complete nightmare changing over to Universal Credit and financially draining, most of the DWP staff dont seem to be very knowledgeable on UC and queries you post on your journal can take weeks to be answered.

    It certainly doesn't feel like your better off working like the government want you to believe.
    Last edited by Smithy2018; 13-01-2018 at 12:14 PM. Reason: Tidy up
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