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Tribunal soon

jules13jules13 Member Posts: 63 Connected
so I have had my date for the tribunal, to say I’m nervous much is an understatement. Scared! It’s taken 18months to come round, I had actually started to forget about it and then it’s here! I’m that nervous I actually considered cancelling it. My advocate told me not too and I can do this as I was only really 2points off lower rate, I’m just wondering those that have been through a tribunal, can you shed any light? What to expect? What I will be needed to do? Etc TIA xx


  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    edited September 2019

    You'll be fine! Easy to say but it's very true, I promise.

    I had mine last month after an 18 month wait. I didn't score a single point at the assessment and I won standard care and enhanced mobility at tribunal. 10 and 14 points from absolutely nothing.

    The fear of the tribunal was so much worse than the actual tribunal. It's more a fear of the unknown.

    The tribunal panel is independent of the DWP and will just ask questions about how you struggle. There's a judge (mine didn't say much - she just made sure the process went as it should). Then a GP who went through my medical evidence and asked questions about where I go and what I do. Then a disability expert who asked about what I do around the house.

    Although it's a court, it's very informal. It's a desk in a room, you sit one side and them the other. There's a clerk that may sit in and take notes and pop in and out.

    They didn't ask me to do anything. They made their decision on my evidence and what I told them. It's about an hour long.

    Sometimes, they ask you to wait outside while they make a decision and call you back for the result snd sometimes they post it to you the next day. It doesn't mean anything bad. They're just short of time and have to move on.

    I found that it wasn't nearly as bad as I expected. Honestly.

    Just be honest. Don't hide your emotions. 

    Have you sent in all the evidence you want them to see? They do accept things on the day but not too much as it eats into your tribunal time as they have to look over it thoroughly.

    Good luck!
  • jules13jules13 Member Posts: 63 Connected
    Thank you so much, you have put me at ease a bit, I’ve got lots of paper work to send tomorrow to advocate and they will forward it on, best of it all, my original award finishes in April, and then I’ve got it all over again! It’s a crazy, stressful thing! 
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    That's great @jules13.

    The soon the better for evidence.

    The tribunal will give you an award length too.
  • jules13jules13 Member Posts: 63 Connected
    Oh really? So they could extend it or agree that I would need to reapply etc? Thanks for all the info xx
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    I'm not too sure about renewals. Might be worth double checking.

    Mine was a first time claim. They gave me 4 years from the date of claim. So just over 2 years left on it.
  • jules13jules13 Member Posts: 63 Connected
    Oooh so they can say they don’t agree the 2 years is long enough etc and say a longer period, fingers crossed 
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    I think it depends on whether they think any further treatments may improve your situation or whether there's likely to be a change in a year or 2 or 5 etc.

  • jules13jules13 Member Posts: 63 Connected
    Hey, just wanted to give you an update I had my tribunal today, and I won!!! Yey! The judge only asked me one question and awarded it me! Amazing! Thank you for your messages before! 
  • Ami2301Ami2301 Member Posts: 7,428 Disability Gamechanger
    Congratulations @jules13! Amazing news! :)
    Disability Gamechanger - 2019
  • jules13jules13 Member Posts: 63 Connected
  • JurphJurph Member Posts: 346 Pioneering
    That's such great news @jules13! I'm so happy for you!
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