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Pip tribunal hearing

jlcmama1234 Member Posts: 11 Listener
I have my tribunal hearing tomorrow but I’m too scared to attend I’ve had my f2f assessment last year , but feel assessor didn’t ask enough questions about my condition ( ocd/ anxiety) . Got refused pip after being on dla for four years . I asked for paper hearing but they want me there, I have no representative or new medical evidence, and feel if I turn up at hearing will look bad for me . Any advice please! 


  • janice_in_wonderland
    janice_in_wonderland Member Posts: 265 Pioneering
    Sorry to read of your current situation
    I'm unable to help but I'll be thinking of you and hope you're ok 
    please let us know how you get on @jlcmama1234
  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger

    Below is what I posted after my successful oral tribunal hearing in May.  Hope it's of some help.  

    Also, don't drive yourself - take a taxi if necessary.  Don't dress up and wear minimal jewellery and make-up.  No high heels, and easy-to-put-on clothes either without fastenings or with velcro.  If you use a walking aid, take it with you.

    I had no recent medical evidence or representation, either.

    Don't feel intimidated by the panel - they are there to ask a lot of questions, they are impartial and only interested in what you can and can't do.

    Watch out for the question: For how long can you walk?  Say it takes you X time to walk Y meters.  Just saying for how long leaves too much room for (mis)interpretation.

    Good luck tomorrow!  Remember - 65% of appeals succeed.

    "Had my Hearing today and have been awarded enhanced daily living and enhanced mobility; indefinite award.

    Tips?   Have your wits about you and be prepared for a grilling; and have thorough medical evidence even if it's not recent.

    The only medical evidence I had was the DWP doctor's report and my GP's report from 1998 (both very thorough) when I was awarded DLA highest rates both components indefinitely.

    The other two tribunal members weren't too bad - but the doctor asked some probing questions.  Asked for how long I could walk (time).  The Atos assessor asked that, too.  Although of course PIP points are supposed to be awarded for distance, not time (or so I thought).

    Doc also asked how did I know I could only walk 20 yards?  Had I ever measured it?  I replied no, it was an estimate based on experience of distances.

    The judge, doctor (as well as the Atos assessor) all seemed to think that ability to drive indicates a low level of disability.  Which is nonsense.  What's the point of Motability, then?  And many disabled people would be housebound without a car.  

    I only take two, maybe three, round trips of 12 miles or less a week; I find driving long distances tiring.  I wouldn't advise any claimant to state that they do a lot of driving, especially longer distances."


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