My Tribunal Hearing was on Thursday 2nd May 2013, at 4pm. I arrived early with the wife and waited for my name to be called. There were people in the waiting room who had already been seen and were waiting for their decisions; who all appeared to be fed up of waiting.
I was the last hearing of the day, and as it was a bank holiday weekend ahead, I got the feeling that my case would be over rather quickly as the staff were readying themselves for hometime. My feeling was proved correct. I was called into the office where there sat a female doctor and a female judge [who shall remain nameless]. I was a little taken aback as I had been informed there would be a panel of 3 and not just 2 people. Anyhow, I went in the office at around 4:30pm. I was asked 2 questions - could I pick up a litre of milk and one empty box carton, to which I answered 'yes' to both. I was also asked how far I could walk without feeling discomfort and having to stop to catch my breath; I answered that it was definately under 200 metres, and probably a lot less than that distance on most days. I was then asked to go to the waiting room and await their decision. The wife and I didn't even get the chance to sit down as the court usher entered the waiting room and took us back to the hearing office to get the decision. I was awarded 6 points for the 200 metres part and nothing more [the DWP decision maker didn't give me any points!] And that was that, my hearing was over.
The wife and I exited the court building at 4:55pm and were followed immediately after by the doctor and judge, who were both pulling trolley cases behind them. The wife and I hadn't even managed to cross the road when the two ladies quickly passed us by and headed off towards the end of the street. And my hearing and the decision took less than 30 minutes. I kind've felt a little cheated and betrayed by these 2 professional ladies and their desire to get things wrapped up so rapidly and head out the court building. I have a deep sense that the outcome of my hearing was made well in advance. Of course, I can't prove this theory and never will be able to.
What's next for me? Well, I don't have a clue! Though it will most likely be the Jobcentre in the near future.
I have Group 3 COPD. Cervical Spondylosis. Osteoarthritis. And Raynaud's Syndrome. I'm wondering what the staff at the local Jobcentre are going to make of the above when it comes to helping me find a job? Yes, I'm scratching my head at this moment too....