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    Panel at Tribunal

    Hi,

    Was talking to someone at CAB on Monday about going for Appeal - as our area isn't PIP yet except for new claimants, so they haven't had many cases at tribunal yet. Didn't fill me with a lot of confidence and also said that she might not be able to go with me, depended on case load.

    Was wondering how long the session with the panel members is, and is the doctor likely to be a local GP or someone from a hospital - what if you know them? Or what if they don't have much experience of your disability? Also as ATOS refused my communication support needs, what if the tribunal refuse it - or if the equipment doesn't work when I get there - I've had years of asking for specialised equipment to be installed at work only for it to break down after installation and never to be fixed again as i was the only person in the building who used it.

    In my request for Appeal, I've quoted a paragraph from the Equality Act 2010 - is that likely to have any good effect or do DWP and the tribunal ignore the Equality Act 2010?

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    It has been some years since I attended a Tribunal - which was for DLA.

    The GP I think was from another area, possibly retired and now employed by the DWP. I doubt I would ever have met her from any local surgery/clinic. She had definitely read my medical condition and even did some research as she'd never heard of the treatment etc and asked me about it. If nothing else I realised she'd done her homework.

    The other panel member was a Care Worker - used to being inside homes and working with the disabled.

    The Judge was a young man - a solicitor.

    He didn't ask any questions, just wrote up notes from questions asked by the GP and Carer and my answers to those questions.

    No idea about the Equality Act.

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    Hello Flymo,

    Glad to see you are back, Just wondered if you could comment on my question re Panel at Tribunal? Thanks

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    Once you have a date for your appeal, you will be given contact details of the Tribunal Clerk.

    If you are worried about the aids you need not being available -you could ring, or get someone else to ring the Tribunal Clerk just to check that that they are aware of what you need and if they have the equipment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieBear View Post
    Hello Flymo,

    Glad to see you are back, Just wondered if you could comment on my question re Panel at Tribunal? Thanks
    Flymo's last activity was on 30/1/2015

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    Also as ATOS refused my communication support needs, what if the tribunal refuse it
    The tribunal is an independent 3rd party looking at all the information so what ATOS thought doesn't matter. They will look at what information you've provided, at your assessment report, at DWP response and they will talk to you at the tribunal. The tribunal will make it's own mind up based on all the information.

    I've received my papers for tribunal today but no date yet. I give a gold star to anyone who can read my GPs writing!

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    Well, I've sent the SSCS1 in - should arrive today (sended recorded delivery). What happens now? Will they write to me or contact my adviser by phone? She's put down quite a lot of dates when she's not available so I guess it will be a while before anything happens. I believe there is a tribunal panel venue near me but I guess they rotate the venues or do they do a week at one venue, then move on to another venue?

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    Hi, I had my PIP tribunal last week! I kid you not they question everything from your application to your ATOS medical! Quite rightly so!… if there's any inconsistencies let me tell you they will ask the whys. My tribunal lasted a 1hr 30 mins, as there was a lot of evidence for the judge to go through, there was a doctor,& a matron from the dissability/care side…no one from the DWP. It was very intense & stressful to say the least. Can I please just add, it is not about your condition or a diagnosis its soley about your activities what you can & can't do… be careful when answering questions as they put one question to me several times but worded differently I guess to see if it was the same outcome. Good luck and I hope you receive what you are entitled too…x

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    I thought the panel on my tribunal was nice they talked slowly and repeated questions when needed they asked me about my day to day life and pretty much let me speak they never really questioned me to point of interrogation

    Dwp woman asked me a couple questions but even she was nice I didn't feel like anyone was try to trap me ,

    They even offered me a drink when I first went in room and let me no we can stop for a break when ever I need

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    Hi, thanks for your replies - did they tell you on the day or are you waiting to hear?

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