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My appeal

Hi i put in an appeal over 18 weeks ago for my DLA being taken away to try and get it back they have sent all the relevent paperwork back to me and u was told where my hearing is being heard but as yet have no date when i rang up i was told it had to be heard within 18 weeks that time is up at end of july what should i do if iv still not been given a date yet x

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  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    ravens62 said:
    Hi i put in an appeal over 18 weeks ago for my DLA being taken away to try and get it back they have sent all the relevent paperwork back to me and u was told where my hearing is being heard but as yet have no date when i rang up i was told it had to be heard within 18 weeks that time is up at end of july what should i do if iv still not been given a date yet x
    Hi,

    Tribunal hearing dates have massive backlogs and some are waiting as much as 1 year before their hearing. 18 weeks is no time at all, if there's no available date within that time then there's nothing you can do but wait until a date becomes available. No Tribunal hearing has to be heard within a certain time frame. It's a very long process but absolutely nothing you can about it. Good luck and hopefully you're not waiting as long as 1 year.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • ravens62ravens62 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    Hi iv already been waiting since october from start of reconsideration till now its terrible how long it takes and so stressful my husband has had heart attack and two stokes he does not need this stress and they took his DLA away because he had stents fitted and did not tell them but they have not made him fitter as they say or he would not have had two more strokes and is now waiting for heart surgery its just not right i know there is a lot of people in the same situation. the goverment need to stop the DWP taking away peoples money for no reason and treating them so badly x
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    The wait from the start of the MR doesn't count for the Tribunal waiting time. It only counts from the time they accept you Tribunal. I'm sorry you're going through all this, hopefully it won't be as long as some have to wait.
    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • BenefitsTrainingCoBenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,692 Pioneering
    edited July 2018
    Hi ravens62,

    If you haven't already you can ask for a short notice hearing, this means you may be slotted in where they have a cancellation without the standard 14 day notice.
    I work in the West Midlands and appeals are taking approx 28 weeks from the date of submitting the appeal to the date of the hearing. Good luck!

    Lee
    The Benefits Training Co:
    Paul Bradley
    Michael Chambers
    Will Hadwen
    Sarah Hayle
    Maria Solomon
    David Stickland
  • ravens62ravens62 Member Posts: 13 Listener
    Thank you lee thats very helpful to know xx
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