Client has recently taken sick leave due to a cancer diagnosis, and is now undergoing chemotherapy.
If she claims UC now she won’t be paid anything for the next three months because:
a) her sick pay is too high; and
b) she won’t yet qualify for the LCWRA element to be added to her UC maximum amount.
In three months’ time she should be getting the LCWRA element and her sick pay will be reduced, meaning a substantial UC entitlement.
What is the mechanism for making a claim now in order to get the waiting period started for the LCWRA element and maintaining that claim for three months while there is no ongoing UC entitlement? Is there a danger of the claim being closed down completely, forcing the client to make a new claim and start a new waiting period?