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Waiting over 58 weeks for pip tribunal
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( I do increasingly wonder about the worth of taking time to posting information and authoritative links on this forum ).
But, here it is again:
Any rep's input at the actual hearing will be very limited. The panel will want to hear directly from your wife.
The CAB may be able to help by guiding you through the process, explaining how the relevant PIP activities / descriptors may apply to your wife, going through the DWP evidence bundle with your wife, and writing a brief submission to the tribunal explaining why and how your wife should qualify for the benefit.
If they can do this, I would take them up on the offer.
Attendance at the tribunal by the rep is of less importance than preparation for the hearing, and help with the submission.
https://www.advicenow.org.uk/guides/how-win-pip-appeal?gclid=CjwKCAiAqaTjBRAdEiwAOdx9xtIjlkzVzHyx_ wqav4TXtC7qpwWeqiHOdfAyDtAdZ5Uw4CZ4VIwW2BoCxfUQAvD _BwE
The rep can't explain to the tribunal how your wife copes with dressing / undressing, getting off and on the toilet, etc - how long it takes, how frequently she needs help and all the other detailed accounts of her day-to-day life around the relevant PIP descriptors. Only your wife can explain that to the panel - her verbal evidence will be important to the panel.
Please read carefully the pages on what to do at the tribunal hearing from the link.
Ask questions you would want the HP who assessed you to answer the medical person on the panel could have looked up the condition and the things that happen to a person with the condition e.g. epilepsy, anaemia, or others, Just because the medical person has got knowledge of the condition doesn't mean the assessor had the knowledge as well.