UC Service team asking to speak to doctor directly
It sounds like your client hasn’t been asked to fill in a UC 50 (yet.) This form would ask for permission to contact the doctor. This is normally done by sending GP’s surgery a form to fill in. This can sometimes avoid the client going for a medical and it is actually best practice for a client with a mental health condition. Of course the outcome will depend on whether the GP returns the form and what they write, but I don’t think you do need to worry.
BUT your client’s limited capability for work (or LCWRA) should carry over from ESA. But UC can re-assess at any time.
Thanks, Helen. We have submitted the UC50.
BUT your client’s limited capability for work (or LCWRA) should carry over from ESA.
Would you expand on this please?
What I mean is that the decision made on the ESA claim about capability for work should carry over on transfer to UC. So if the client was in the Support Group on ESA, they should still get Limited Capability for Work Related Activity element on UC - until a new decision changing this decision is made.
But I’ve just re-read your post and noticed that the client was on remand for 5 days, so I don’t know if that breaks the link and means the UC claim is a brand new claim, not a transfer. Perhaps others will know more about this than me?
If he was only remanded the ESA claim should have been suspended rather than closed altogether. It was only if he was sentenced that a disentitlement decision could be made. The UC claim was misinformed.
The “link” is tenuous as the person needs to be “entitled to old style ESA” on the day the UC claim is made. Assuming the claim was just suspended he was still entitled so the LCWRAE should be payable.
Thanks, Helen and Dan.