PIP, DLA and AA
If this is your first visit, check out the community guide. You will have to Join us or Sign in before you can post.
Receiving too many notifications? Adjust your notification settings.

PIP Appeal

sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
Today I have received a letter with a time and a date for my appeal. It will take place by telephone as part of their response to Covid-19. My son has also been sent the same letter and we are puzzled as to why? Could anyone possibly explain this please? 
Also I am worried sick (as everyone is) about this as I was having support and advice from the CAB but obviously this isn’t going to happen now due to Covid-19. I have two weeks to prepare myself for this. Panicking already. TIA

Replies

  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    They have also said to have my papers ready. What do they mean by that? Xx
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    Also the letter is headed New Claim Appeals. It was not a new claim but a review and this is an appeal for the review as first time I was awarded everything. Is there a difference between a review appeal and a new claim appeal? 
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,040 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @sheZZa

    From what I've read on here, they do treat PIP reviews as a new claim each time so I wouldn't worry about that heading. 

    The papers is the appeal bundle that the DWP send you in a massive brown envelope, it includes copies of all the forms, assessments and evidence that you've sent to them this time.  You may need to refer back to them during the hearing.

    I'm not sure why your son has also got the same letter, why would they have his details?  Is he your appointee or anything like that?

    Lastly, I think the CAB are still offering help and advice via email, webchat and telephone if that's any help to you, it's just face to face they can't do at the moment.
  • katho31katho31 Member - under moderation Posts: 700 Pioneering
    hi i think it will be treated as a new claim?
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    @OverlyAnxious
    my son isn’t my appointee but he did attend the assessment with me. He does look after me, keep an eye on bank account etc. I think I will phone them tomorrow as I’m not sure they have my mobile phone number.
  • katho31katho31 Member - under moderation Posts: 700 Pioneering
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    @OverlyAnxious
    I have double checked all my files/paperwork  and I do not have an appeal bundle of papers. I do not recall receiving them either.
    what a mess..!
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,991 Disability Gamechanger
    If you do not have a bundle then you need to let HMCTS know immediately and consider asking for a postponement. 
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    @mikehughescq
    okay. I was going to contact them tomorrow and request the bundle anyway. Is it usual to request a postponement? I’m wondering whether or not it would be better to get it over and done with.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,991 Disability Gamechanger
    It doesn’t matter whether it’s “usuaL” or not. It does matter that you don’t have a bundle. At the most basic level if the tribunal ask you to look at a image if your claim pack on page 54 or a page of the HCP report at page 162 what exactly are you planning on saying? The most basic part of your appeal is the bundle. Without it you are operating with both hands tied behind your back. 
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    @mikehughescq
    i definitely haven’t received one. I will phone first thing in the morning and request one. This has been a right shambles. DWP Support Worker completed my claim form without enough evidence on it. I didn’t receive a letter detailing my award and had to chase it. The assessor lied (nothing unusual there) I’ve been given incorrect advice from CAB. I haven’t received a bundle of documents from the Court. I now have to send some more evidence tomorrow but don’t know if it will get there on time. I don’t know why I’m bothering really. But thank you for your help though.
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    @mikehughescq
    I’ve spoken to the Courts and Tribunals Service this morning and they are going to send me the bundle of documents. She also said that I can submit some more evidence but it has to arrive within the next few days but I can email them and mark them as urgent if I so choose and she has given me the email address. So fingers crossed it will all work out in the end.
  • OverlyAnxiousOverlyAnxious Member Posts: 1,040 Disability Gamechanger
    @sheZZa Glad you've got a bundle on the way now, good luck with the tribunal!  :)
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 4,991 Disability Gamechanger
    Hmm. I have concerns about this. If you have got to the stage of being listed and weren't even aware there would be a bundle or of the need to submit a response then you may well have struggled with the correspondence you've had so far and I would strongly urge you to go get some advice and/or representation asap.

    HMCTS may well want your appeal to proceed but to have an appeal listed without there being a bundle available to an appellant (that's you) leaves you with a short amount if time to read what may be several hundred pages (some of which you may not have seen before) and almost no time to identify the issues you might want to respond on. 

    You are not being given, and are potentially not giving yourself, a fair crack of the whip here. I'd be either seeking a postponement in order to get and digest the papers plus seek representation or just getting a rep asap. 
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
    @mikehughescq
    The whole thing has been a shambles from start to finish. I don’t know where I would get a representative from especially with this virus. My son will be with me as he has received the same letter which I suppose it’s because he is my unofficial carer.
  • sheZZasheZZa Member Posts: 223 Pioneering
Sign in or join us to comment.