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Do you need a fit note to get a WCA?

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If you've declared conditions affecting your ability to work in your application for UC, is that sufficient to trigger a WCA, or will it not happen without a Fit Note?

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    calcotticalcotti Forumite
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    edited 14 July at 7:13PM
    It theory it is not necessary for medical evidence to be provided as a Fit Note. However in practice it seems to be difficult to get a WCA triggered without a Fit Note. You undoubtedly need some evidence - declaring a condition is not sufficient.
    http://data.parliament.uk/DepositedPapers/Files/DEP2019-0980/78._Medical_Evidence_including_Fit_notes_v5.0.pdf
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • stupidaspiestupidaspie Forumite
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    Would notes from mental health services (obtained by SAR) be acceptable as evidence? And would I have to provide the evidence to the DWP in order to begin the process for a WCA?
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    Yes evidence will need to be provided. As already advised a Fit Note is the most reliable form of evidence and will make your claim smoother. Other forms of evidence may not be accepted not withstanding the guidance.
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Some rules may be different in other parts of UK.
  • poppy12345poppy12345 Forumite
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    Evidence of how your conditions affect your ability to do any type of work is also useful to send with the WCA form, when you do receive it.
  • stupidaspiestupidaspie Forumite
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    Even if you don't want a WCA, is it still worth mentioning any disabilities in the part of the form with the question about conditions affecting ability to work? I presume that if you declared them without providing evidence, the DWP wouldn't do a WCA but your work coach could take them into account when it comes to commitments?
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    Potentially your work coach can yes but as you have a health condition that prevents your ability to work then why don't you want to go through the WCA?
  • stupidaspiestupidaspie Forumite
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    Potentially your work coach can yes but as you have a health condition that prevents your ability to work then why don't you want to go through the WCA?

    I have various and pretty substantial challenges but I've never had a job so my abillity to work has never really been tested. In light of that, it might be quite difficult to get a fit note from a GP.
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    If your GP refuses to give you a fit note then see a different one. You really should go through the WCA assesment because if you don't and you don't complete your work commitments then you could be sanctioned.
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    Hi op
    to trigger a WCA under uni credit would require fit notes. However as another poster said, you need to talk with your work coach & declare conditions that affect what you can do so that they can tailor you commitments for you. 

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