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TOPIC: WCA and bereavement

WCA and bereavement 1 month 4 days ago #238845

I sent my E50 back a few weeks ago along with Consultant medical evidence and all past medical evidence. In the past I have not needed to have a medical. I have received a letter saying I have to go for a Work Capability Assessment. I am anxious about this. Partly because I hardly ever go out due to pain and mobility issues and partly because my Mother died on Saturday and I am having a range of emotions. It is a really tough time.

Is there any way of asking for it to be postponed due to bereavement?

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WCA and bereavement 1 month 4 days ago #238849

Hi Eleanor

I am sorry for your loss. You can cancel one appointment and request a new date, but you will need to ring them and tell them what has happened. How long they will postpone, I am afraid I cannot say. I don't know whether your GP would be able to provide you with a letter which says in the circumstances you need a paper-based assessment. If they will - that would help.

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WCA and bereavement 1 month 4 days ago #238850

Thank you. What is a paper based assessment please? I thought that was the E50 form that I submitted.

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WCA and bereavement 1 month 4 days ago #238852

Hi Eleanor

You have clearly had a paper-based assessment in the past because a decision was made without you attending a face to face assessment. It is when an assessor looks at your form and evidence and then the award is made, without the need for a claimant to be seen.

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WCA and bereavement 1 month 4 days ago #238854

Thank you. Yes I don't know why they want to see me this time when the evidence is the same as ever (long standing) plus recent Consultant letters. I will try asking my GP but it took 6 weeks for them to do a letter I asked for before so it didn't get sent with my E50 form in the end. But did send Consultant's letter.

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WCA and bereavement 1 month 4 days ago #238855

Hi Eleanor

I don't know why you have been called for a face to face this time around, but I do know that a lot of other members have reported the same thing happening even when their condition remains unchanged like yours. I think it is simply a decision by the DWP to increase the number of people that are seen face to face.

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