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Tracking pip appeal.

MobileGamesMobileGames Member Posts: 94 Courageous
Morning. I've been waiting nearly 9 and a half months for a pip appeal hearing. Is there any way of tracking it online to see your progress please? 


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    No, there isn't unfortunately. You can ring HMCTS and ask for a timescale for your area but this will just be a guide. Waiting times are huge for most areas and some are waiting as long as a year for a hearing date. All you can do is wait.
    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.
  • MobileGamesMobileGames Member Posts: 94 Courageous
  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    I really hope you don't have to wait much longer @MobileGames! The very best of luck and please do let us know how you get on. :)

  • MobileGamesMobileGames Member Posts: 94 Courageous
    Thank you. I will do. It's just the waiting. The waiting times are ridiculous. I know the hmtcs have huge backlogs,lots of appeals,but the wait is so long. 
  • scotleagscotleag Member Posts: 88 Courageous
    I had mine eight months after initial decision and the clerk to the Tribunal thought that was "quick." I informed them in my application to appeal that I would accept a cancellation if one became available. I rang HMCTS at the start of the year to ask how long I could expect to wait and was told an average of 26-30 weeks - FROM THE DATE I RANG. I told them again - this time person to person - I would accept a cancellation and had my (successful) hearing last week. So if you are able and willing to accept a short notice cancellation slot it may well help and certainly won't put you back any.
  • MobileGamesMobileGames Member Posts: 94 Courageous
    @scotleag.Thank you for the reply. I never thought of that. That's helpful. I'm glad to hear that you won your tribunal. It must've been very stressful going face to face and explaining everything,but you did it. You should be proud of yourself. 
  • scotleagscotleag Member Posts: 88 Courageous
    Thank you. Yes, it's stressful but if you can then it's better to appear in person and the stress levels have been reduced by several months thanks to getting that 'early' time slot (though I'm still waiting DWP confirmation). I'd speak to them over the phone though. The little tick box on the appeal application form can be easily overlooked but telling HMCTS verbally can only help and certainly can't hinder.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,651 Disability Gamechanger
    If your original appeal was lodged via gov.uk then you can indeed track the appeal. If not, then no.

    Please be aware that there are considerable risks in consenting to a hearing with less than 14 days notice perhaps but not exclusively because of a cancellation. Those risks are as follows:

    - the panel may not receive the bundle in time and so may not be fully up to speed with the case. There are massive issues with the distribution of bundles and appeals frequently proceed with one or more members not having seen the bundle. That’s when 14 days notice has been requested. It’s far worse with less notice involved.
    - the notice can often be as little as on the day so you will need to be prepared to drop everything and go with often less than a couple of hours notice.
    - even if you get a hearing date there’s an increased expectation that if the day has to be rejigged that you’ll be the one most willing to bring your start time forward.
    - if the nature of your appeal involves concepts such as the ability to manage change or mobility on unfamiliar routes then you risk some scepticism if you agree to turn up at short notice.
  • MobileGamesMobileGames Member Posts: 94 Courageous
    @mikehughescq. Thank you. There's a lot there to take into account. After reflection,I'm not going to request for them to see me if there's a cancellation. Although they have the bundle,you're right,not all of the people involved in the case may have seen it yet and I do need at least two weeks notice beforehand because I can't cope with things suddenly cropping up. I need to be prepared and not rushing around at the last minute,adding to the stress. If I don't get a telephone appeal and have to go there,I need to find a way that doesn't involve my relative because the last time we went to Coventry my relative got lost,they were stressing,I was stressing. I rang and asked for directions,didn't understand them. I saw the job centre by a chance sighting and we headed for there. If I hadn't have spotted it,we wouldn't have got there and they would've stopped the Esa. The last Esa assessment I had a home visit,and for the pip assessment. I realise that you can't have the tribunal at home. I can't travel via public transport due to all the people,noise,not knowing when the bus or train is going to turn up,may be late, being in an unfamiliar area,not being able to understand the timetable and working out which bus or train to use. A taxi may not turn up on time either and would cost far too much,even with the money they allow per mile,however that much is. I can't drive and don't plan on learning,too stressful and difficult to understand and process. I'm on L plates on my scooter,have been for nearly 20 years. I'm beginning to lose my nerve on that after a few near misses that weren't my fault. So thank you. I'm not going to request that if a cancellation comes up that I'll take it. 

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