How having certain treatments and health conditions affects Universal Credit
If you are claiming Universal Credit and start having certain treatments or health conditions, you may receive the Limited Capability for Work (LCW) element without needing to have a Work Capability Assessment (WCA).
If you are:
having regular weekly haemodialysis for chronic renal failure
having regular weekly total parenteral nutrition for gross impairment of enteric function
having medical or other treatment as an in-patient in a hospital or similar institution, after a health care professional has advised that you need to stay in hospital overnight or for longer
recovering from any of the above treatments
When the law prevents you working
If you are prevented by law from working because you have been in contact with certain infections or contaminants and have been, or are likely to have been, infected or contaminated.
Risk to self or others
If you have an illness, disease or disablement that could cause a substantial risk to your physical or mental health or that of someone else.
But this does not apply if the risk could be reduced significantly by:
reasonable adjustments being made in your workplace
you taking prescribed medication to manage your condition
If you have a life-threatening disease which cannot be controlled by any recognised therapeutic procedure.
Disabled and over the age for state Pension Credit
If you have reached state Pension Credit age and are entitled to Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment.
What you will need to do
Your adviser will tell you to ask your GP or specialist to provide a completed DS1500 form giving details about your treatment or health condition. This will be part of the information the Department for Work and Pensions uses when deciding whether or not you have Limited Capability for Work.