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Pip tribunal

caringcreative Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi my hubby has his pip tribunal in a couple of weeks. He got 4 points but should definitely get at least standard care based on his difficulties and needs. It's been 14 month battle. He has dissociative motor disorder, epilepsy, severe depression and anxiety and we've just had him assessed and he's autistic too which explains a lot of his challenges. They know everything except the autism bit as we don't have the full report ourselves yet. 

Any tips on how to handle the tribunal?
I'm disabled myself and have mental health issues so I'm really worried about it too (I get full enhanced pip). 

Also if we are successful finally when will it be backdated to?

Laura and James 


  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,180 Disability Gamechanger
    HI and welcome,

    If you are his appointee then during the hearing you will be able to speak on his behalf. If you're not his appointee then he will have to speak for himself. They may ask you at the end if there's anything you would like to add.

    There will be 3-4 people sat around a table, a Judge, DR, disability adviser and sometimes a DWP representative (not always) he will be asked questions about how his conditions affect him.

    If he has any extra evidence now is the time to send it to HMCTS. If he takes it with him on the day, if it's a lot then he risks having the hearing adjourned because they may not have time to read it on the day. His submission should have already been wrote and sent and this should include where his thinks he should have scored those points, his reasons why, followed by 2-3 real life examples of what happened the last time he attempted that activity for each descriptor that applies to him.

    Do be aware that they will only take into consideration what his condition was like at the time the original decision was made. Any worsening of condition won't be taken into consideration.

    Sometimes a decision can't be made on the day, if this happens they will write to him within a couple of days but it doesn't mean that he's been refused.

    If a decision goes in his favour he'll be backdated all the money he's owed but when it will be backdated to will depend on whether it's a first time PIP claim, a PIP review or a transfer from DLA.


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