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IMy PIP appeal is to be heard at  Tribunal in Chester tomorrow, I am a little anxious (understatement) John is coming with me, we don't have a welfare rights person in our borough.Have any of you been through this rather daunting experience? Any advice would be great

Jan xx

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Hey Jan

 

No not a tribunal put the daunting of filling in the forms and medical.  welfare rights or citizen advice would do, I'm glad John is going with you same advice as going for the medical be honest about your worst days push the fatigue.  I wish you luck lets know how you get on....

 

cyber hugs hun. xx

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It is several years ago since I attended a tribunal but bear in mind the people on the panel (either 2 or 3 depending on whether it is for ESA or PIP) are completely independent of the DWP and are NOT little Hitlers.

All you can do is answer their questions honestly and in depth, do not leave anything out regardless of how embarrassing it is.

 

Wishing you the best of luck for a successful outcome.

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Louise and Super Mario, Thank you for your replies, I'll let you know tomorrow night how it went, I have to be there at 2.45pm, 

Not the best time as I usually 'hit my wall' of fatigue 2pm ish

Jan xx

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Hello Jan

 

Wishing you all the best for your meeting tomorrow afternoon.

 

Just say it as it is.  Don`t rush to answer the questions. Take a deep breath and think about what they are asking. With John at your side you will be fine.:)

 

Sleep well tonight, and of course be there with time to spare.

 

Subs

 

 

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59 minutes ago, Greg 21.01.15 said:

Good luck hope it goes well. I found the interview at home daunting enough, so fingers crossed for you

 

greg.

This is completely different to the initial interview with ATOS or CAPITA.

It is just an appearance before a panel of 3 for PIP and they will listen and make a fair judgement as they are independent of DWP

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Hi, Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and encouragement, I am humbled by the support from you all.

 

We have just got home now. Hearing started late, 3.35. The Panel consisted of the Judge, a Doctor and a Disability specialist. They asked lots of questions, always giving me time to answer and giving John and I the chance to ask questions They treated us-with the utmost respect. 

 

The Appeal was successful ??????I have been awarded the standard rate PIP. I'd much prefer to be working in my Sweet Shoppe, but this will help

 

The other reason we are late getting home  is John had.arranged for us to go to an Italian in the city centre, even had a naughty celebratory glass of vino!

jan xx

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I just wanted to add, for anyone who has to go through this in the future,I worried unnecessarily about the hearing, it was actually quite a relaxed atmosphere in the courtroom.

 

Entering the building was quite bizarre, I hadn't realised the formalities and legalities of entering the building where the courts are so I was a little surprised to have my handbag searched, I had a small bottle of water with me  and had to drink some in front of the security guards then walk through the metal detector/scanner.

 

It beeped so it was then, arms up and handheld scanner sweeped up and down. After all of this it was disappointing not to find any duty free shops on the other side! ! !?(Sorry, my bad sense of humour)

Jan xx

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Okay ready Jan  Phewwww a sigh of relief !!

 

Did you feel heady after wine I did and mine was only a Bucks Fizz with added lemonade, felt tipsy after my first half a glass xx

 

Also good luck Sami to hubby take Jan or her hubby as a lucky mascot xx  lol

 

Good luck seriously xxx and once again Jan well done xxx

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Am glad to hear your appeal was successful Jan.

 

I actually applied for a PIP in the summer as I finally heard back from the DVLA and have been given a 3 year restricted driving license and have to drive a hand controlled car. That along with the other difficulties I have around mobility as a result of the haemorrhage and spine damage led me to apply for it.

 

I had the initial assessment at the end of summer with Atos Healthcare and was rejected for the PIP. I am currently appealing it, especially due to the number of errors in the medical report (the nurse had put that I work full time on one page, and then part time on another - amongst other things), however I do not know how it will go. Reading your post has been useful, however, so thank you for sharing.

 

I have been fortunate as I have returned to my previous job, albeit in a reduced capacity as I now work part-time and also have quite a lot of adjustment at work such as having my own work-space and classroom and having my classes distributed so I do not teach any full days and get lots of breaks.

 

I did feel, unfortunately that this did not work in my favour at all as the nurse seemed to feel that if I was able to do that then I couldn't be that bad (which is rather annoying considering the amount of effort it has taken to return to work). We shall see how the appeal goes however.

 

I have had to sell my old car as it was a manual and cannot be turned into a hand-controlled car and obviously with going part time I have dropped in terms of salary, so at the moment a hand controlled car is not affordable.  

 

Gemma

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