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UK: Text box tribunals to replace most PIP and ESA appeal hearings - Benefits & Work, 5 March 2019

Discussion in 'Work, Finances and Disability Insurance' started by Sarah, Mar 25, 2019.

  1. Sarah

    Sarah Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Text box tribunals to replace most PIP and ESA appeal hearings
    Benefits & Work
    5 March 2019

    Guidance: HMCTS tribunal reform event 26 February 2019
    Held at Exeter Combined Court on 26 February 2019, this event discussed the future of the tribunals system.

    [PDF] Tribunal event slides 26 February 2019
  2. Arnie Pye

    Arnie Pye Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    This sounds like a way of dehumanising the patients and the courts and removing the patients from the whole process of appeals so that the court is not swayed by real sick and suffering people.
  3. John Mac

    John Mac Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Yet another obstacle placed in the way to stop sick people getting what they deserve.
  4. longtermcase

    longtermcase Established Member

    Having fought the DWP over PIP for more than a year and having failed at the Tribunal stage this month, I can speak about this subject from experience. The fact is that the court system is extremely biased against claimants who cannot appear in court - most appeals fail when you can't attend. I couldn't attend. I couldn't travel so far from home and would have been unconscious in the court from fatigue/pain and brain fog. So the judge only heard the DWP's side and went against me, because I wasn't there. So therefore if there was a way for very sick people to have a fair trial from a distance I support it 100% and if it's true they could still have an oral hearing if they wanted it, then that would be ideal.

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