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Preparing for tribunal

crooksti Member Posts: 5 Listener
I’ve got a tribunal case this week it’s an appeal for my son what is the best way to prepare for the questions they will ask. 


  • janekim96P
    janekim96P Member Posts: 44 Courageous
    Just be honest would be my advice good luck 
  • crooksti
    crooksti Member Posts: 5 Listener
  • debbiedo49
    debbiedo49 Member Posts: 2,904 Disability Gamechanger
    Look at the paperwork and make notes regarding your descriptors and why you think the original decision was wrong. If you can, get advice from cab or welfare rights. If you can, take someone with you. Make sure you let the tribunal know if you are taking someone with you. If you can’t travel on public transport contact the tribunal and they should arrange a taxi for you. Look up other posts on here about help with tribunal and you should get lots of good pointers. Try to get everything ready the day before so you don’t forget anything. Good luck. 
  • crooksti
    crooksti Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Thank you for the advice 
  • BenefitsTrainingCo
    BenefitsTrainingCo Member Posts: 2,628 Pioneering
    Hi crooksti,

    It is really important to know the case - pick out the parts of the assessment provider's report and say what you don't agree with. Focus on the effects on your son's daily living and mobility activities from his health problems and not necessarily what the diagnosis is. Listen to the tribunal and make sure you are answering their questions and not going off on a tangent. Some people tell them everything except answering the question that was actually asked. Apart from the above and the other replies there's not a lot else you can do to prepare - the tribunal will only ask questions about the health issues, medication and treatment and then about the activities in the descriptors. You can only be honest and do your best, which you will. Good luck!

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  • Matilda
    Matilda Member Posts: 2,610 Disability Gamechanger
    Disabilty Rights UK site publish a Handbook that gives a description of PIP appeal hearing procedure.  £18.50 from DR site or probably available in your local reference library.

    The main thing to bear in mind is that tribunals are inquisitorial.  The panel probably will ask your son a lot of questions to find out what he can and can't do.  They might challenge your son and suggest he can do more.  He should not let the panel lead him into saying he can do more than he can - if he can't do something, he should insist he can't do it.

    Good luck 😀.
  • crooksti
    crooksti Member Posts: 5 Listener
    He as a speech impediment and he as requested I represent him will they let me speak for him they have sent me all the papers 
  • allybongo221
    allybongo221 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    hi the best advice i can give you is dont be nervous remember the criteria you have to be able to do something repeatedly safely to an acceptable standard if you cant then you should be awarded the points.  remember the panel will be independant of the dwp and are not on any side.i wish you the best of luck if you need to ask me anything thats on your mind please do im willing to help.
  • crooksti
    crooksti Member Posts: 5 Listener
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 23,724 Disability Gamechanger
    crooksti said:
    He as a speech impediment and he as requested I represent him will they let me speak for him they have sent me all the papers 
    No, you won't be able to speak on his behalf during the hearing. The Tribunal will want him to tell them in his own words exactly how his conditions affect him. They may ask you at the end if there's anything you want to add but they don't always do this.


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