After my tribunal on the 9th of January, I received a letter from the tribunal service saying that, although I failed to satisfy the descriptors for the support group, I may qualify under "regulation 35"; therefore they had decided to adjourned the tribunal to a later date and inform the DWP of the reason for the adjournment. This morning I received a brown envelope from the DWP; I always find this a bit worrying but when I opened it I got a very nice surprise. It said "Your appeal will not be referred to the independent tribunal as the decision has been changed in your favour." I'd won!
This may help some of you with your appeals.