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nandananda Member Posts: 4 Listener
have a telephone hearing and no legal representation 

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  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 4,031

    Scope community team

    Hello @nanda and thank you for posting.

    The Turn2Us website has a Find an Adviser tool that can help you find someone to give you representation in your area if you enter your postcode.  

    Please let us know how you get on and good luck  :)
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  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,176 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @nanda Welcome to the community glad you haver joined us

    What sort of telephone hearing do you have is it a PIP tribunal hearing

    You dont really need any legal representation and lots of people just represent themselves it is all about being prepared

    Let us know if you want any help and support also you may want to look at our PIP section as there are lots of posts on there about going through thr tribunal
  • nandananda Member Posts: 4 Listener
    just want to hear from anyone who has had any hearing over the phone, what can i expect and how to react to the whole process
    thank you
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,176 Disability Gamechanger
    I would take a look at our PIP section there are lots of posts on there abut telephone hearings and assessments 
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,606 Disability Gamechanger
    No idea what is going on with Scope and dodgy links this week and last. 

    Please do not use the Turn2Us tool as described above by @Cher_Scope. Amongst the many dreadful answers it returns are Jobcentres. If you can find representation from someone in a JCP you will have set a world first and a very dangerous precedent indeed!

    Instead have a look at https://advicelocal.uk/. Like all these tools it’s not perfect but I can guarantee it won’t tell you a JCP can provide a rep! 

    @janer1967 I’m going to politely disagree. Whilst most appeals proceed without representation it’s also true to say that, of those which lose, the majority are unrepresented. It is very dangerous indeed to tell someone on a forum they “don’t need” representation. How do you know? 

    That decision very much depends on the nature of the case and the evidence upon which it might turn. As the OP has not mentioned any of that, the better thing to suggest would be that they seek advice and/or representation. On the basis of that advice they can then make an informed decision as to whether they need representation and/or the competence of any which is available. 


  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,999

    Scope community team

    edited September 2020
    Hi @mikehughescq. Thank you for the feedback.
    The team work hard to source information and I wouldn’t call @Cher_Scope’s link to another trusted charity (Turn2Us) ‘dodgy’. I concur that AdviceLocal may be a better choice though. 

    Interesting to note though that my local Jobcentre Plus does indeed have people helping with disability benefit applications and appeals (although they don’t represent cases.)

    With regard to @janer1967’s comment: I’ve read over her post and believe she meant it as in ‘you don’t have to have’, not that she was saying this specific case doesn’t require representation. It’s also something frequently posted here in response to people asking for where to find a rep.

    @Nanda: looking at your previous posts am I right in thinking it’s an upper tribunal you’re waiting on? Have you been given a date for this? Have you had any help up until this point? Unfortunately, Scope aren’t qualified to offer the level of advice needed for upper tribunal.

    You would be best following the link to AdviceLocal and seeing if there is an adviser local to you who could help. I hope some of our members may be able to share their experiences of upper tribunals with you.
    Community Manager
    Scope
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,606 Disability Gamechanger
    edited September 2020
    @Adrian_Scope I meant dodgy in multiple senses. [Removed by moderator] In the case of the Turn2Us link I’m not suggesting anything dodgy about them but the advice finder itself has zero reputation. This site is literally the only place I’ve ever seen anyone mention it and it’s awful. Advice local also has flaws (it still doesn’t recognise geographical borders) but at least everything within does offer advice.

    I’d be genuinely interested to know more about your specific JCP offer. Not least because JCP staff receive no training in disability benefits nor form completion. Having seen the standard of those done by Pension Service staff they are literally the just people on the planet I would let near such forms.

    Finally, if this is a UT query then fire away @Nanda I’ve done lots of UTs over a long period and can probably answer most queries you might have.
  • Adrian_ScopeAdrian_Scope Testing team Posts: 7,999

    Scope community team

    edited September 2020
    Hi @mikehughescq I’ve removed the first part of your message as while we do allow criticism of Scope and Scope staff, this did seem quite targeted on a specific member of the team. I’m happy to discuss the merits of our work with you via email if you would like. mikehughescq said:
    I’d be genuinely interested to know more about your specific JCP offer. Not least because JCP staff receive no training in disability benefits nor form completion. Having seen the standard of those done by Pension Service staff they are literally the just people on the planet I would let near such forms.
    The first I heard about it was when a neighbour was referred to the service by her UC work coach after a failed DLA claim for her child. They helped her with her MR (which was successful) and then with a separate DLA claim for another child. I do agree though, I wouldn’t usually trust JCP for advice on benefits and have personally been given some shocking advice there.

    I believe (although I admit I haven’t looked into it a great deal) that rather than being JCP staff it’s another agency using space within the JCP office and in addition to offering a walk-in service, claimants can be referred to them.

    Best of luck with your tribunal @Nanda. If you have any specific questions about it please don’t hesitate to ask. :)
    Community Manager
    Scope
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,606 Disability Gamechanger
    Thanks for that @Adrian_Scope. That makes sense. Would be interesting to know who they’ve given space to and why. 
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