Representing myself at ESA tribunal?

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jay_25

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I have a tribunal to contest the decision of WRAG by the DWP and place me back in the Support Group.

Now it looks as if the tribunal is going to be a long time away yet, perhaps not till Autumn this year!

I just want to know where I stand if I go alone? Which I can do by Taxi.

I was previously going to be going with my psychotherapist who was going to represent me at tribunal, however I can no longer afford to pay for him (it was private therapy) - and them cutting the money due to being in WRAG has not helped at all! He cannot represent me now as we are no longer in a professional relationship.

I called a charity which helps claimants on a 'no win no fee' basis, however they have said its unlikely they can escort me as I did not do the mandatory reconsideration with them, all in all not very helpful at all!

I am at a loss as what to do. Just want to know if anyone has any experiences of going it alone at tribunal and what happened? Thanks
 
Mayflower7

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Hi,
Can your GP write you a supporting letter, mine did and I was put back in the support group.
Good luck.
 
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JPG2502

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They may well do, though I'm guessing this would need to be closer to the time?

Did you attend tribunal alone?
 
PinkCandyFloss

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I know those who have went to ESA appeals accompanied and represented by someone else and alone, same with PIP.
I’m representing myself at my PIP one next week and my fiancé is coming for support.

If you think you’ll feel more comfortable representing yourself and just having a friend or relative there it may be the better choice.
If you can, try going to CAB or someone similar for free advise and go from there.

I couldn’t have someone represent me personally, as lack of control fuels my anxiety and I don’t feel someone else could properly vocalise my mental health, and physical, issues right
 
PinkCandyFloss

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Update: I had my PIP Tribunal today, get representation from a charity or something. I was assured it would be impartial and fair, that they were on my side and that they would be more interested in what I had to say and only lightly refer to what was reported (lied about) in my assessment. But one of them grilled me like I was on trial for murder and actual made my panic attack worse and I was nearly crying. The only thing I’m hoping for is the other two were rather nice and understanding and seemed to care more about me and my conditions. It’s a majority rule and I will find out very soon.

But if you can get someone from a charity to go and speak for you (of course be there too) is recommend it now after my experience today