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PIP Tribunal help

JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
Hi everyone!

I'm mainly here for support as I'm freaking out. My PIP tribunal is on Wednesday and I'm terrified. I've been waiting 18 months!

I feel so sick. I'm hoping you'll offer some advice and let me know if there's anything else I could do to prepare.

I sent in further evidence a few weeks back. I have Fibromyalgia so it's pretty rubbish evidence to be honest. Anyway, that's all done and confirmed and I've received more paperwork to add to the bundle.

My "Grounds for appeal" was pretty thorough - I said what I disagreed with in the assessor's report, clarified how I met the descriptors and said which points I think I should have been awarded.

I've just panicked because I've seen something called a Submission but my Grounds for Appeal sounds just like that.

What should I do now? What more can I do?

Thanks

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  • CazannCazann Member Posts: 88 Pioneering
    Hi @Jurph . It sounds like you have done all that you can do. It is daunting going to the tribunal. I've just had mine, two weeks ago on Wednesday. The panel were very nice and just asked me questions about how my disablity effects my every day life. I was only in there just over 15 minutes and after a further 5 mins, I was told that my appeal was allowed. I was awarded  8 points for daily living and 12 points for mobility. I went with my daughter and although I was nervous, I kept telling myself, that I deserved to get this award,as my condition had worsened over the years. I had been on Disability Living Allowance, for over 13 years and had to apply for PIP and as with thousands of other people who are on DLA, going over to PIP. I was turned down. This made me determined to fight the DWP's decision and after 18 months, I finally got there!
    Good luck for Wednesday and please let us know how you get on. xxx


  • wilkowilko Member Posts: 2,200 Disability Gamechanger
    @Jurph, try to. remain calm and stress less, not easy but try to stay footnotes the reasons why you are going to the tribunal. Stop, think about what you say when asked questions by the tribunal hearing members, if you are not sure what they are asking they don’t be afraid to asked for the question to be repeated, you misheard or didn’t, don’t understand the question. Not been to a tribunal but questions may be asked in a way to try and catch you out. Good luck for Wednesday and keep us updated and keep posted.
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    Thanks @Cazann

    Did your daughter go in with you? 

    My mum is coming with me. I was going to take her in with me as she can back up a few points. However, I'm starting to think she shouldn't as I think I'm more open about how I struggle. I tend to put on a brave face in front of her.
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi,

    Unless your mum is your appointee then you will have to speak for yourself during the hearing. At the end the panel will sometimes ask the person with you if there's anything they want to add but this doesn't always happen. Make sure you take the bundle with you.

    Sometimes it's not possible for them to make a decision on the day, if this happens it doesn't mean anything other than a decision couldn't be made. They will send you a decision letter within a couple of days.

    Good luck and do let us know the outcome.
    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.
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    Thanks @poppy123456

    Mum isn't my appointee. I meant that I think I should leave her outside the room. I might be more open.

    I wish I could stop my stomach doing cartwheels.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,951 Scope community team
    Hi @Jurph, best of luck for Wednesday. Please let us know how you get on. :)
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  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
  • CazannCazann Member Posts: 88 Pioneering
    Jurph said:
    Thanks @Cazann

    Did your daughter go in with you? 

    My mum is coming with me. I was going to take her in with me as she can back up a few points. However, I'm starting to think she shouldn't as I think I'm more open about how I struggle. I tend to put on a brave face in front of her.
    Hi @Jurph. Yes my daughter came with me and she sat next to me in front of the panel. She also went through all my papers before we went in, to make sure that I hadn't missed anything and that they were all in order.
    My daughter didn't speak until the oanel asked her if she wished to comment. The panel didn't ask any trick questions and were very nice. Please take your mum in with you
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Great news @Jurph! Thank you for letting us know!
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  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    Thanks @Chloe_Scope

    I'm still in shock! I didn't score any points at the assessment
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,662 Disability Gamechanger
    Just goes to show how wrong the assessments sometimes get it, very happy for you!
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  • CazannCazann Member Posts: 88 Pioneering
    Jurph said:
    I won!

    Standard Daily Living and Enhanced Mobility!
    Fantastic news, @Jurph. I had mine 2 weeks ago and I've just got my back pay through today, so that is very quick. I thought it would take weeks. Well done!
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    Wow @Cazann! That's very fast!
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    I had a phone call today from the DWP telling me when my back pay will be in.

    So relieved it's over. For a couple of years anyway!
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing Team, Community Team Posts: 7,951 Scope community team
    That's brilliant, I'm glad they've sorted out the back pay already for you @Jurph. :)
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