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On Universal credit but cant cope with working

Kimmy78Kimmy78 Member Posts: 4 Listener
My partner and I are on joint UC. Hes working part time and I'm unemployed.  I've had a long history of anxiety and depression.  After years off work with this illness I decided I'd go on UC with my partner and actively seek work. My work coach puts so much pressure on me even knowing how difficult it is for me.  So I've been to lots of interviews after applying for job upon job. I went for a work trial and gladly accepted the job offered to me. Now I'm in panic mode and turned the job down. My anxiety is back with a vengeance.  
Now I'm worried that we wont get any help financially.  Advice please x

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 20,099 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    I'm one of the community champions here on scope and i'm here to help and advise others.

    May i ask if you've been sending in fit notes from your GP to start the limited capability for work process off? If you haven't then you'll need to do this ASAP. It may not exclude you completely from having to attend appointments because a fit note doesn't automatically entitle you to limited capability for work. It's your work coaches discretion whether they reduce of turn them off.

    Once the fit note is sent then you'll be referred for a work capability assessment about 1 month later, sometimes longer. Once that is done you'll be sent a work capability assessment form to fill in and return with all your evidence to support your claim. Once you send this back you'll most likely have to attend a work capability assessment where they will assess your ability to do any type of work. Once that is done a decision will be made on your claim. This process could take several months.

    Hope this helps.
    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Kimmy78Kimmy78 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Yes it does. Thank you very much.
    Really appreciate it x
  • Kimmy78Kimmy78 Member Posts: 4 Listener
    Oh and no I've not even seen my doctor yet. I'll make an appointment tomorrow 
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Community champion Posts: 20,099 Disability Gamechanger

    You will need to continue to send the fit notes until a decisions been made on the limited capability for work (LCW)


    Community champion and proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice i have given to members here on the community.
  • Kimmy78Kimmy78 Member Posts: 4 Listener
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Administrator Posts: 10,181 Scope community team
    Hi @Kimmy78 and a warm welcome to the community. Just wanted to check in and see how you were doing. :)
    Community Partner
    Scope

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