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I have gone from esa support group to a new claim for UC, triggered by a home move.  Jobcentre telling me my esa support group is not an automatic thing and that I need a fit note from my new GP to cover me for 2 months while its being sorted out....?  baffled

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Yeah that's technically right, as the two systems cannot communicate with each other.

 

They will have to manually transfer the WCA result over, however they should be able to look at opstrat (ESA), pin a note to UC and then send a handover to get it sorted.

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Phone UC helpline before end of assessment period, to make sure it has been dealt with. Otherwise you risk delay in receiving correct payment.

 

ESA support group equivalent under UC is Limited Capability for Work and Work Related Activity. Current rate is £328.32. 

 

Until this is added to your claim, you are under intensive work search group of UC. The fit note does not switch this off, but Job Centre may have placed a note on your record, not to require work search.  But not all Job Centre Work Coaches will do this,  therefore making sure it is dealt with, might also avoid hassle of Job Centre appointments for work search and related commitments.

 

 

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So now they have got me a commitments meeting in just over a weeks time and have put a commitments entry on the account for me to agree to, but nothing as to what I am supposed to agree to apart from it will be in line with my situation/health etc. I have not agreed to it and I wont, even though it stays no agree = no benefit.  We have asked them to do the switchover but that message wasn't replied to as yet. If no reply today I will sit on the phone all day if necessary and get the helpline, I had a horrible panic attack in the night it was so scary I have never had one as bad as that and I have had some bad ones before.  Anyhow my daughter/carer will sit with me if I have to ring which I probably will.  I am glad now that the esa wasn't closed off as they would just say its a new UC claim.  The esa have only made one payment that shouldn't be but its safe in savings account to be repaid back asap.  

I am blessed however that my new GP knows a lot about Bipolar and the practice is very up on Fibromyalgia and he didn't think twice about giving me a fit note for 2 months.  He actually said its beyond words why they cant just do the swapover.  He was fine with me but not with them as the stress of this is really bad for me.  My daughter is typing this for me, I don't have the words right now but she can understand me and what I mean.  

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Everyone claiming UC has to have and agree to some commitments or the benefit gets closed.

 

If you are working they are generic, if you have limited capability or a job seeker they will be tailored to you.

 

A fit note or an existing WCA will not prevent this form happening as until commitments are agreed the claim is not technically live. If you fail to attend the appointment its an automatic claim closure and  and if refuse to accept them it's an automatic claim closure.

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Hi ...thanks for that. We have decided now that I will have to agree to the commitments thing, it also asks me to put in ideas for work or what I can do etc..which again with support group status I shouldn't be made to do..i don't know if its a tick box thing or a just a space I can fill in, if its a space I can type the limited capacity element.  Thank you for your reply, I am beside myself here but hopefully it should end up ok.

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They should switch off the work side of the commitments and just do the work preparation bit until the WCA is pulled across from ESA at which point you will have generic commitments auto created as you will fall in the no work requirements catagory.

 

In my jobcentre it's just a box ticking exercise until the information is transferred and we don't normally book any further appointments after that. But most jobcentres do it there own way as there is no official guidance on this and insufficient staff to run it smoothly.

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Universal Credit has had large number of applications in the last month or so. The reason being is that people have finished off seasonal Christmas/new year sales work and are now needing to claim. Also in the new year, you tend to get a lot of people going through change in circumstances.

 

Why this affects you ? Because the admin staff processing UC will be dealing with the extra work load, it causes a delay in the current ESA Support group being transfered across to UC claims.

 

 The UC system flags up any claims where there has been another benefit claim that might affect UC. Teams then look into these and transfer across any existing entitlements. Because the teams will be dealing with higher volumes of work, it causes a delay in your claim being updated.

 

If you get to the end of the assessment period, with continued Job Centre work search requirements and no sign that the ESA support has been transfered, then call the UC helpline. They can call ESA for information, so they can update your UC claim.

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Thank you again unclebulgaria67, with my mind in a muddle naturally, this is all so complicated for me to get, my daughter is good but the workings of all this is beyond us.  What you have said as usual makes perfect sense, notes taken for the reminder board in my kitchen.

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Read this https://www.rightsnet.org.uk/forums/viewthread/11307/P|

 

They can look at CIS to find out your status and they know they can!

 

An over 8 weeks fit note auto triggers a new WCA under UC so......

 

Either way your tailored UC claimant commitment .........

 

Equality act - local law centre/cmpg/etc bang 😀

 

 

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CIS doesn't show WCA though only what amount is being paid. "where ESA is in payment staff manually check whether a component was in place and, if so, put the corresponding element on the UC award"

 

So they still have to check OPSTRAT.

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they basically made me get a fit note and said the longer the better as I wouldn't then have to keep going back while they sorted it out.  my new gp put the long term illnesses down and stated I am not fit to work. we have put all the suggestions here in the journal to the work coach. my next haul in for questioning is about a week away.

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I am also still within the wca time as I only got assessed a few months ago and the jobcentre guy doing the id appt said that too.  I feel ill with it/all this, on top of my other health problems.  I am not a natural migration claimant, this was triggered due to a home move.  

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The thing now is, I will do the commitments thing and the appointment, but it says on there to come up with ideas for work….can I put my limited capability for work and work related activity there, or leave it blank? I don't know if its a tick box thing or a space to type in, I have no idea what its set up like.

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On 17/03/2019 at 17:55, tomtom256 said:

So they still have to check OPSTRAT.

 

Incapacity Benefit Computer System (OPSTRAT) Systems Administration

 

RM is on ESA and rigshts net talks CIS.

 

If I'm wrong its all good! If not I'd rather have RMw prepped for worst case. 

 

If you understand worst case you can fight and beat anything lower than that! 

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Worst case is it takes a few weeks to get sorted, you can't get lower than that.

 

OPSTRAT holds all legacy benefit data and is an MSDOS package, hence why it cannot automatically talk with or be uploaded to UC. It's outdated an not really fit for purpose anymore.

 

CIS can talk with UC, but only holds basic information i.e. dates of claim, amounts paid, benefit interests etc. It does not hold information on premiums, WCA outcomes or periods WCA is awarded for, what group you are in or when next assessment is due. It is a basic info system designed to share data with other government agencies/LA benefit staff.

 

Even if the service centre manually checks OPSTRAT, they still have to follow guidance in order to transfer it to UC and complete the necessary action, which at worst can take a few weeks. However if mentioned to a work coach during an initial or first commitment appointment they can do the checks there and then, pin it to UC notes and send a handover to the service centre, which greatly speeds up the process for all involved.

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On my to do list was only to accept the commitments which turned out to be to just check it every day and if I cant get online to ring the freephone number, now the to do list is empty.  My daughter sent a message via the journal re the support group status and we have all the helpful comments made here written down for the first commitments meeting.  

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So....now they are sending me a questionare about my illness and how they affect me with a possible medical assessment....even though the guy I saw last week said they wouldn't.  It beggars belief. My daughter is typing this for me as she almost always does on here. 

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So again …. we rang the uc help line...my support group status is on and I don't need any appointments with jobcentre.  So when the questionnaire arrives I guess I still have to send it off? even though the agent on the phone said its just a triggered thing for a new claim....but if I don't need one I wont have one? am guessing that's the medical assessment bit?.  my last one was may 2018 and put back in support group june 2018.

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1 hour ago, Ruby_Tuesday said:

So when the questionnaire arrives I guess I still have to send it off?

 

unfortunately because uc has automated triggers built in apparently (only anecdotal evidence) a fit note of 8 or longer weeks trips the computer to send out a uc50.

 

How many GPs will know that as they try and reduce needless appointments and stress for their patients.... my last fit note was for 6 months! only because I keep up to speed due to paranoia I'll be asking for 7 on transference.  

 

You should never have been asked for a fit note by the DwP as you had a support group award and that should have carried over. from what's being written by rigthsnet advisors about this that and the other it's pretty clear from tomtom256 posts that what they have been told is quite wide of reality.

 

If you can lodge a complaint and maybe see if somebody mentioned in the rightsnet thread would be interested in taking an early warning/maladministration case forward. 

 

It's absolute pony but once triggered the DwP will hide behind the we can reassess at any time so I feel for you!

 

Received today my appointment for ESA face to face dated 15th for 27th - unknown telephone call yesterday I didn't answer as only my landlady has that number and Dwp... so I think they are playing silly buggers again. Life sucks )

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