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Questions about telephone hearing
I had a PIP medical assessment on 1 August 2019 and was awarded no points for either Daily Living or Mobility. After a Mandatory Reconsideration, on 5 December 2019 I was awarded the Standard Rate in respect of Daily Living. This was back-dated to the date of my initial claim, 29 March 2019.
No PIP was awarded in respect of Mobility.
On 17 December 2019 I submitted an Appeal to HM Courts & Tribunals Service. Due to my severe depression and anxiety I asked that my appeal be decided on the papers.
On 2 March 2020 the Tribunals Service sent me "a notice made by the Tribunal Judge", advising that as the Secretary of State had not responded to my appeal within the stipulated 28 day time period my appeal would now be listed for an oral hearing at which the Secretary of State would be required to give a full explanation for the failure to comply with the Tribunal's directions.
(Of course, in case anybody is wondering, the Secretary of State doesn't turn up in person. They are represented by a DWP minion).
I heard nothing more until 1 July when I received a letter from HM Courts & Tribunals Service advising that, "a tribunal heard your appeal on 24/06/2020" and that "the Tribunal has decided to adjourn the hearing".
Even though I had made it clear to the Tribunal that I wouldn't be able to attend, should I not have been told that my appeal hearing was taking place on 24 June?
The Directions Notice included with that letter states, " ...the appeal is not suitable for dealing with on the papers as the Tribunal needs to explore in more detail how (the appellant's) health problems affect (the appellant") and that a telephone hearing with an 03 panel will be scheduled. This is expected to last 60 minutes. The Decision Notice goes to say, " ... there is a claimed high level of functional disability which, in the Tribunal's view, requires further exploration.
Does anybody know how long it might be until a telephone hearing is arranged? I've said that I would accept less than 14 days notice and that there are no dates during the next three months when I will not be available. I am assuming that the questioning will be quite intense and am a little concerned that it is going to last 60 minutes.
Any tips or advice would be gratefully received.