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Where can I find a tribunal representative?

SimonSSimonS Member Posts: 1 Listener
I suffer from Degenerate Disc Disease, Failed Back Syndrome and Therapeutic Pain in my legs. The DWP have stopped my ESA and I’m going through the appeals process. I’m about to start filling in my SSCS1 form and I’m searching for a qualified representative. Can you please advise the best place to look for one? I live in the East Midlands and despite several internet searches, I’m struggling to find a suitable representative. Many thanks in advance, SimonS 

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  • gnmeadsgnmeads Member Posts: 185 Pioneering
    Hi SimonS and a big welcome to the Scope community and sorry to hear about your situation.  Have you tried the Citizens Advice Bureau? They have solicitors there although you'll need to book an appointment with them.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    CAB very rarely represent anyone at Tribunal now because of lack of funding. Try welfare rights or a law centre.
    Community champion and 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.
  • Pippa_ScopePippa_Scope Member Posts: 5,856 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @SimonS, and welcome!

    You can find Welfare Rights, as suggested by Poppy, here. You may also be interested in Scope's guidance on appealing DWP decisions, to help you prepare. Do keep us updated and wishing you all the best!
  • PTSDdisabledPTSDdisabled Member, Member - under moderation Posts: 60 Connected
    SimonS said:
    I suffer from Degenerate Disc Disease, Failed Back Syndrome and Therapeutic Pain in my legs. The DWP have stopped my ESA and I’m going through the appeals process. I’m about to start filling in my SSCS1 form and I’m searching for a qualified representative. Can you please advise the best place to look for one? I live in the East Midlands and despite several internet searches, I’m struggling to find a suitable representative. Many thanks in advance, SimonS 

    If you have access to a computer look up:

    LawWorks

    https://www.lawworks.org.uk/legal-advice-individuals

    If you do not have a computer, your local library may have computers you can use.

    You can search for a Law centre near to you, where you can get assistance with Benefits.

    I found 15 Law centres within 10 miles of where I live.

    This is a short video from Mary Ward Centre, London.

    What to do if you fail an ESA medical assessment

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKwgX4IjIWU&feature=youtu.be
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,364 Disability Gamechanger

    Start with https://advicelocal.uk/ but focus on Citizens Advice, independent advice centres, local authority welfare rights services, TUC unemployed workers centres or a law centre.

    There is no such thing as a qualified representative. There are certain people with specific qualifications such as solicitors but those in no way guarantee anything in terms of the quality of representation. Very much a case of suck it and see.

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