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    How to start an appeal and the steps forward

    So having been through assessment and MR you still do not have the award you deserve, the next step is to appeal to the independant tribunal.

    If at all possible get f2f advice from CAB or similar

    The first stage is to submit form SSCS1

    https://www.gov.uk/government/upload.../sscs1-eng.pdf

    Fill in all sections of the form, at this stage you do not need to go into great detail, just the basic reasons for your appeal are sufficient. A more detailed submission should be done later.

    It is always advisable to attend in person. Success rate is around 69%

    You will then receive an acceptance letter from the tribunal

    The DWP then have 28 days to prepare and submit their case and all the paperwork and evidence used in making their decision.

    You will be sent a copy of this, known as the bundle.

    Check that all your submitted evidence is included

    Using the bundle now is the time to prepare your own submission referencing by page and paragraph where the evidence proves that you meet the descriptor and criteria for an award

    You do not need further evidence to appeal but any new relevant evidence will help. This should be attached to the back. with name and NI on each sheet. Number the sheets 1of 12, 2of 12 etc. then reference these as above

    It can help to keep and submit a daily diary of how your functionality is affected

    Now you are ready to send your submission

    and the wait begins. You can ring the tribunal clerk for an idea of the waiting time in your area
    Anything expressed is my opinion only and is offered in good faith. It is either from my own experiance or what I have learned on my journey. Take it for what it is or leave it alone. With best wishes D.

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    I’ve got an appeal going ahead next week here in Bristol and it’s been about 6 to 7 months from putting in that form to going before the panel.

    BTW my local CAB was too busy to take on my case, I assume with other PIP and the homeless folk, but they did put me in touch with the South Bristol Advisory Centre who helped with the appeal form filling and in turn put me in touch with a free legal advice team at Avon & Bristol Law Centre as the DWP like to put forward a lot of legal Bull’s muck when they send their lies into the appeals court saying why the case should be dismissed.

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    I wish you the very best outcome with your appeal
    Luck has no place in claiming benefits
    Anything expressed is my opinion only and is offered in good faith. It is either from my own experiance or what I have learned on my journey. Take it for what it is or leave it alone. With best wishes D.

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