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Getting worried now about tribunal

ASDIBSASDIBS Member Posts: 68 Courageous
After reading some posts on here I'm now a little worried about the tribunal. Does anyone know what sort of questions are asked, are they just the same as the questions on the PIP form? I am my son's representative so I'm assuming that I will be able to answer on his behalf? At my son's review he got zero points but was initially awarded enhanced care and low rate mobility. We don't have a lot of medical evidence (he also has a bowel condition) as his hospital consultant can only comment on his medical condition and not how he lives with his autism. They do have his old CAMHS reports, diagnosis letter, EHCP etc. He's currently waiting for cognitive behavioural therapy and understandably getting anxious about the whole process.  I've just read a post whereby a boy's mother was told to be quiet during her son's tribunal. I really hope this isn't the case with myself as my son struggles to get across the seriousness of his day to day living. Can anybody offer any advice please. I know I need to read all documents and try to prepare well. Thank you in advance.

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,941 Disability Gamechanger
    Start here with a quick read on what it is you’re doing as a rep. Generally a relative as a rep is better than nothing but not especially great unless you know exactly what your role is and have your head around the law, case law and guidance. You will indeed be told to stay out of it if your son takes part. He’s the claimant and you will struggle if you try to give evidence on his behalf and be a rep. It can be done but they are very different roles. 

    There are no set questions. Tribunals focus on bringing a claim to life and trying to get a sense of the person. I wouldn’t even worry about the content of a hearing until you’ve considered how prepared you are for it.

  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,127 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome 

    Are you your sons appointee and registered with PIP as this ?  If so you can speak on his behalf 

    If you are his representative he will be expected to speak for himself  ur with you supporting and adding any comments 

    The questions will all be around his ability to carry out the tasks against the descriptors and where you think he should have scored more points 

    Medical evidence really only shows diagnosis so dont worry too much about that 

    Have ready real examples of what happens when he tries to do a task dangerous it safely reliably and repeatedly 

    Good luck let us know how you get on 
  • ASDIBSASDIBS Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    @mikehughescq thank you. That's very helpful. I'm relatively switched on but now reading that I'm not sure it's the best thing. I can obviously out forward what I think he should be awarded and why but I don't fully know the law. Would a representative be expensive? Also, if there an online directory where I can pick a representative? I think that my details can be changed. Thanks again
  • ASDIBSASDIBS Member Posts: 68 Courageous
    Also, can my son ask me information if he's not sure? During his telephone assessment he needed to ask me what meds he is on, his dosages and when he was diagnosed. However the HCP said that he was able to answer the questions without any input from mother even though the HCP actually asked to speak me when he couldn't answer her question.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 5,941 Disability Gamechanger
    ASDIBS said:
    @mikehughescq thank you. That's very helpful. I'm relatively switched on but now reading that I'm not sure it's the best thing. I can obviously out forward what I think he should be awarded and why but I don't fully know the law. Would a representative be expensive? Also, if there an online directory where I can pick a representative? I think that my details can be changed. Thanks again
    Representation is largely free. Few circumstances where payment would be appropriate. Start with https://advicelocal.uk/.
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