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    • ukguy2k
    • By ukguy2k 15th Jan 20, 8:35 PM
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    63 year old unable to work and on Universal Credit
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    • 15th Jan 20, 8:35 PM
    63 year old unable to work and on Universal Credit 15th Jan 20 at 8:35 PM
    My mum is 63 year old, has diagnosed Anemia and other problems like Arthritis, regular headaches, regular toothaches, regular earaches and many more.


    They wont give her sicknesss benefits for years, previously she was on Jobseekers Allowance and Housing Benefit. Now since July 2019 she's been on Universal Credit.


    Could she get sickness benefits and housing benefit?


    What can she do to get sickness benefits and housing benefit, until getting Pension and housing benefit.


    She speaks a bit more than basic English and can write English.
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    • calcotti
    • By calcotti 15th Jan 20, 9:00 PM
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    Universal Credit has replaced Housing Benefit and her UC will therefore include any help with rent that she is entitled to (provided she has given DWP the necessary information).

    universal Credit has replaced Employment Support Allowance. If she is too ill to work she needs to obtain a Fit Note from her GP and advise UC, if she has not already done so. She will then be assessed and if found to have Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Acttivity will become entitled to additional money in her UC from the fourth month after she tells DWP of her health problems https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/universal-credit/claiming/getting-universal-credit-if-youre-sick-or-disabled/

    She may also be able to claim Personal Independence Payment depending on how her illness affects her ability to manage various specified activities. https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/pip/
    Last edited by calcotti; 15-01-2020 at 9:05 PM.
    • tomtom256
    • By tomtom256 15th Jan 20, 9:12 PM
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    New claims to housing benefit only exist under certain circumstances and once Universal Credit has been claimd, there is normally no way to go back to legacy benefits.

    Many people work with those conditions and headecahes, toothaches etc are normal for most people, is it that she can't do any work or just doesn't want to?

    Has she had the underlying causes of these regularly occuring conditions looked at by a doctor and has she been diagnosed with anything?

    Will she qualify for a state pension?
    • ukguy2k
    • By ukguy2k 16th Jan 20, 2:59 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 2:59 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 2:59 PM
    She has been diagnosed with Anemia..and has not reached state pension age. She will reach state pension age at 27th December 2022...She cant work and unable to..Doesnt feel well enough to work.
    Last edited by ukguy2k; 16-01-2020 at 3:04 PM.
    • KatrinaWaves
    • By KatrinaWaves 16th Jan 20, 3:03 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:03 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:03 PM
    She has been diagnosed with Anemia..and has not reached state pension age. She will reach state pension age at 27th December 2020...She cant work and unable to..Doesnt feel well enough to work.
    Originally posted by ukguy2k
    A diagnosis of anemia alone won't necessarily entitle her to sickness benefits. How is she treating the anemia? 'Not feeling well enough to work' doesnt mean you are unfit to work.
    • ukguy2k
    • By ukguy2k 16th Jan 20, 3:13 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:13 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:13 PM
    Shes taking medication for the anemia from GP. Also she lives on her own in a council flat and not living with my father, but also not legally separated or divorced.
    Last edited by ukguy2k; 16-01-2020 at 3:15 PM.
    • Spoonie Turtle
    • By Spoonie Turtle 16th Jan 20, 3:43 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:43 PM
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    • 16th Jan 20, 3:43 PM
    They'll want evidence that the treatment for anaemia (and the arthritis) isn't effective enough to allow her to work - i.e. the symptoms still have a significant impact on her functional ability.

    Applying for UC, if she's deemed to have LCW she would still have to do 'work preparation' - go to Jobcentre appointments, go on courses, that kind of thing. If she's rather severely affected by her conditions and is deemed to have LCWRA, she wouldn't have any requirements and she'd receive the disability element of UC as well.

    I suggest you look into it quite thoroughly so she would know what to expect

    https://wcainfo.net/

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/benefits/sick-or-disabled-people-and-carers/employment-and-support-allowance/help-with-your-esa-claim/fill-in-form/ (it's for ESA but the WCA is the same for UC)

    https://www.entitledto.co.uk/help/Universal_Credit_Work_Capability_Assessment
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