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TOPIC: Universal credit advice

Universal credit advice 6 days 4 hours ago #216205

I've just moved to a new flat and it is in a universal credit area. Council informed me that I need to contact UC regarding my housing benefit. After calling DWP, PIP and UC, it seems that I have to attend job centre and also get a fit note from my GP. 6 hours with waiting on hold it took and I'm quite stressed. UC said my support group and severe disability premium status may be affected and I may get less in the way of benefits. UC is terribly thought out and if it must happen i do not see why DWP cannot just transfer it over without constant hoop jumping. I am concerned that my GP will not provide fit note as he is very anti mental health support. I wonder what information is required from doctor? The tribunal service said i shouldn't be assessed for two years from late March this year and now it looks like DWP are trying another method to put me in work related activity group again. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Universal credit advice 6 days 2 hours ago #216216

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The appointment at your JC+ is to provide documents to prove your identity, you must attend this or your UC claim will be closed.

Make it clear that you are currently in the Support Group, this status should be automatically transferred to UC with you needing to be assessed again. The Fit Notes should not be required but having been asked I would provide one to avoid further problem.

I'm afraid the Tribunals recommendation is exactly that, a recommendation, so you need to make it perfectly clear to anybody who is available that you are already in the SG.

I'm afraid you are going to lose your Premiums, however, this should be temporary although it may take several months to sort out.

Gordon

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Universal credit advice 6 days 1 hour ago #216222

Thanks Gordon. Why would I lose my premiums and would I need to chase it up with them or will it be done automatically? UC seems to be the idea of somebody with no brain.

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Universal credit advice 6 days 1 hour ago #216223

I forgot to ask. The term fit note made me nervous. Would I be correct in thinking my GP is legally obliged to provide this information which is professionally diagnosed and not his ill informed opinion?

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Universal credit advice 3 days 10 hours ago #216251

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Peter Parker wrote: Thanks Gordon. Why would I lose my premiums and would I need to chase it up with them or will it be done automatically? UC seems to be the idea of somebody with no brain.


Becuase they are currently not payable under UC, however, the Government lost a court case recently over this issue and are looking at how they can pay the Premiums in UC but it requires a legislation change so will be at least a couple of months before this happens.

There should be back payment of any lost money.

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Universal credit advice 3 days 10 hours ago #216252

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Peter Parker wrote: I forgot to ask. The term fit note made me nervous. Would I be correct in thinking my GP is legally obliged to provide this information which is professionally diagnosed and not his ill informed opinion?


The issuing of a Fit Note is a medical decision so there is no "obligation" to issue one, that said, if the GP believes a patient to be unable to work then there should be no problem with issuing a Note.

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