Requesting a copy of LCWRA assessors decision?

Following award of LCWRA on 25/11/23 I have requested a copy of the assessors decision (not  "mandatory reconsideration"). Does anyone know if this will imperil my award?
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  • Alice_Holt
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    No, it won't.
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  • Muttleythefrog
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    edited 13 December 2023 at 7:36PM
    You can request the assessor's report without risk (whether DWP Decision Maker has taken a decision or not) and I would advise claimants always do at the earliest opportunity get hold of a copy.
    "Do not attribute to conspiracy what can adequately be explained by incompetence" - rogerblack
  • QBdoo
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    No, it won't.
    You can request the assessor's report without risk (whether DWP Decision Maker has taken a decision or not) and I would advise claimants always do at the earliest opportunity get hold of a copy.
    Thank you both!
  • HillStreetBlues
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    edited 13 December 2023 at 11:44PM
    When requesting the assessment report  make it clear that's what you want and NOT a copy of the UCD81 Decision Letter. I ended up having to complain to get mine.

    Let's Be Careful Out There
  • QBdoo
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    I now have a copy of my UC85A Medical report form and note that even though medical evidence provided by my clinical nurse specialist confirmed my condition as "lifelong" the DWP assessor has recommended I be "re-referred in 18 months". It also appears that though I have complex health issues including a number of conditions that seriously, adversely affect my health and quality of life the report concentrates on only one condition and appears to disregard the others. Should this be of concern?
  • QBdoo said:
    I now have a copy of my UC85A Medical report form and note that even though medical evidence provided by my clinical nurse specialist confirmed my condition as "lifelong" the DWP assessor has recommended I be "re-referred in 18 months". It also appears that though I have complex health issues including a number of conditions that seriously, adversely affect my health and quality of life the report concentrates on only one condition and appears to disregard the others. Should this be of concern?
    Not really, if one condition by itself qualifies you for LCWRA then they're not required to consider everything else as there's not much point.

    The re-referral period is always just a guide and sometimes a silly amount of time, but realistically yours probably won't happen within 18 months as there are still backlogs and of course new claims being made all the time.  So I wouldn't worry about that.
  • Newcad
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    edited 21 December 2023 at 4:39PM
    As an indication of how meaningless reassessment dates have become, mine was due in March 2019.
    I've moved myself onto UC since then, but of course it's the same reassessment and there is still no sign of a re-referal.
    I reach state pension age in 2026 and would not be surprised at all if I get there without having had another reassessment.
  • Muttleythefrog
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    edited 21 December 2023 at 5:17PM
    Worth also mentioning that the government are saying that a very high proportion of existing claimants will never be reassessed under the WCA.... given their plans for changing the WCA and then focussing assessments on change of circumstances, new claims and those affected by descriptor changes recently consulted on and announced.... as they phase out the WCA in the longer term. That said.. there's a General Election to be announced in the next year so it cannot be discounted what lies ahead except perhaps lacking resources for reassessments at current scale.

    The report... it's a shame it wasn't recommended for longer (the max being 3 years) but I probably wouldn't be too concerned given the wider issues of the WCA and reassessments. And in terms of LCWRA... bear in mind only one LCWRA descriptor needs to be found to apply to qualify so often there'll be 'shortcutting or curtailment' once one is considered to apply. So wouldn't be too concerned about their either. If you are re-assessed in future I would just make sure you make a case in form completion to highlight all the descriptors you think apply to you by detailing disability relevantly.
    "Do not attribute to conspiracy what can adequately be explained by incompetence" - rogerblack
  • HillStreetBlues
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    edited 21 December 2023 at 5:23PM
    Newcad said:
    As an indication of how meaningless reassessment dates have become, mine was due in March 2019.
    I've moved myself onto UC since then, but of course it's the same reassessment and there is still no sign of a re-referal.
    I reach state pension age in 2026 and would not be surprised at all if I get there without having had another reassessment.
    Mine was 4 1/2 years later, hopefully they will take account of you age and not bother.
    My current one has no date just "review in the medium term" whatever that means.

    OP when I had mine once it was clear that I had LCWRA the assessment stopped didn't bother going onto other stuff.
    Let's Be Careful Out There
  • QBdoo
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    edited 7 January at 2:10PM
    I have just received confirmation of my UC payment for January and it includes my usual UC(£738.74) and LCWRA (£390) for one month only. Will I receive any LCWRA back payment seperately?
    Will the fact that I worked a trial week for Tescos a month or so after submitting my UC50 affect any backdated LCWRA entitlement?
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