PIP Paper Appeal Adjourned - Don't really understand letter?
Hi all, calling on @poppy123456 specifically as she helped in the past.
A while ago I said I would be doing a paper appeal (which was advised against doing), because I'd have trouble attending tribunal due to my anxiety. I sent away my paper appeal a few weeks ago and today I heard back after a 45 minute hearing.
Here's a summary of what the letter says. I am assuming this is a good thing (is it a good thing?), as I have not been outright denied so they must think I have a case based off how I described my problems. But I don't really understand it still? What does this mean exactly? When is the new tribunal? It's a bit confusing for me and doesn't give much detail away in a clear manner. Is the next tribunal in 6 weeks?
A tribunal heard your appeal, I enclosed the decision notice.
The tribunal has decided to adjourn the hearing. The decision notice explains why the tribunal were unable to decide the appeal. It may also include instructions to ensure the next tribunal can reach a decision. If you need to contact me, please quote your NI Number at top of letter."
1. The appeal was adjourned today for an oral hearing, with a time estimate of 45 minutes, on the first available date after compliance with the direction set out below or in default after 6 weeks.
2. Members of this tribunal are not excluded from future involvement in the appeal
3. The decision was adjourned today because the tribunal considers that there is insufficient evidence on which to reach a just decision.
(i) The appellant is encouraged to attend the next hearing in person.
(ii) The appellant is encouraged to seek represnation
(iii) The appellant is also encouraged to seek recovery from his GP of his medical records covering the last two years."
What does this mean? Do I have to follow all 3 directions, or would just 1 be enough? How am I meant to get the information off my Dr when I asked her before for it she said "There's no need to give you it because they will ask me for it and it'll be the same thing" (They didn't ask her for it)