doctors supporting letters

As yet I still have,nt received my letter from the doctor, once I have this and post it to the tribunal will it be o.k. I would like to know if anyone can tell me if you have a doctors letter which states that you do fall into regs 29 and 35 does this mean that the tribunal should find in my favour. Or does the person who writes your assessment over rule what your own doctor has suggested thanks a lot

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  • My doctor letter put me in the registration 35 bracket but they make there own assessment on all medical evidence I would stay hopeful

  • In short reg 35 is when been removed from a support group would make your health condition worse if you Google DWP reg 35 it exsplane it

  • Hi there

    Unfortunately I do not know the answer to your question.

    However, you could always give our Benefits Adviser Janet a call and ask her your question.

    Here is a link to all of her contact details:

    I hope this is of some help.

    Lu x


  • Hi Albeawright

    My personal opinion (and I am by no means an expert) is that I think it would be a very wise move for you to request your assessment to be recorded and not at all arrogant.

    After your assessment call the DWP and ask them to send you a written copy of their report.

    The DWP don't send copies out unless you specifically request one.

    Are you talking about PIP or ESA?

    As far as I am aware some ESA assessments can provide recording equipment for you but if it is for PIP I am pretty sure that you'll have to provide your own equipment.

    You need to inform the DWP ahead of your assessment that you are going to record it. I think you should also explain your main reason why.

    Do you have a professional person to support you? If not, let me know and I can explain further about that part.

    If you would like to contact Janet out Benefits Adviser her details are on the blue link I have given above.

    She is here to help anyone who needs advice.

    Lu xx

  • You're very welcome ☺

    Let me know when you've requested your claim form. After that you only have a set amount of time to get the form back.

    Please feel free to ask anything you like.

    I'm no expert but I've been through the process myself.

    Take care of yourself

    Lu xx

  • Hi 1117145 Can you not call your GP surgery & ask if the letter has been done and if you can collect it, I thought this was normal procedure. I know I am extremely lucky to have a very efficient doctor & letters are always waiting at the reception the next day. I always think it's been forgotten if you wait for something & always ask them when it will be ready, so may be worth just checking my friend.

    Obviously any evidence you have from your doctor has to be taken into consideration but as we see all the time that some of these assessors have their own agenda going on but any evidence you have can only go in your favour so I wish you luck with it all and hope you get the answer you need.

    P eace, luv n light

    Jan x

  • thanks for your reply I,m shocked to read that what I said about a letter from my doctor would,nt put this matter to bed so really at the end of the day its who the tribunal believes more my own gp who has nothing to gain from this fiasco and an assessor who idoubt has much experience of medical matters but also lies .How can this be I,m now even more stressed,what will happen if I lose the tribunal,will that be it no where else to go with this sham.

  • Hi my friend, oh I am so sorry I really didn't have any intentions of stressing you out even more than you are already, that really wasn't my intentions, I'm sure it will be fine. I have copied this from the Government website just to reassure you that even if a decision is made that's not in your favor.

    I think it is they think GPs can be influenced by their patients. It’s a good idea to check what the health professionals are able to do for you and if there’s a fee before you write to them.

    Get them to send their evidence to you and not to the DWP. This way you can check that you’re happy with it and decide whether or not you want to include it in your claim. Remember, it should show the DWP how your condition affects you and not be just confirmation of your condition or the medication you take.

    You can always ask your local Citizens Advice in England and Wales or in Scotland to check the health professional’s evidence to make sure it will help your claim.

    If you lose your case

    You can ask the tribunal to reconsider the decision (or ‘judgment’) if you lose your case.

    You must write to the tribunal office within 14 days of getting the decision, saying why you want it to be reconsidered.

    You also need to give good reasons, eg:

    the tribunal made a mistake in the way it reached its decision

    you weren’t told about the hearing, or weren’t at the hearing

    there’s new evidence

    Send your letter to the tribunal office that dealt with your case.

    You may need to pay a fee

    I do hope this helps somewhat and I do wish you all the best of luck.

    Luv Jan x

  • Thanks for the information I really appreciate it especially about additional things like how my condition affects me as know they put a great deal of emphasis on this maybe that's where I made my mistakes it's obviously not about the pain your in . I've just reread my medical report again it's funny how they write certain.things I've had a skinhe

  • Your welcome 1117145 Im glad you are getting your head around it now. Yes it seems that everything about what you can & cant do, feels like a trick question lol You have really got to write notes & as you say, re-read and Its good to write your worse days & Better Days, rather than good days because this is miss interpretated into you are fine on good days. It really is how you answer the questions & its difficult to do on your own.

    Luv Jan x

  • thanks a lot for advice its got to the stage now where I feel im not getting any where with this and at the end of the day it seems like the toss of a coin if your believed or not I mean if they can sit there and believe some of the statements that were written in the report like I stand in front of the mirror and brush my hair for 20 minutes each day when if you new me ive had a no 1 skinhead for the last 20 years and they will see this on the day please it goes beyond laughable I was asked if I had any hobbies no I replied he pushed the point so I said I read abit now and again that turned into I sit around all day every day reading so if they believe this load of b...........ks fare enough. I find my self losing my temper on a regular basis so the sooner this episode is over the better they say hindsight is a wonderful thing it certainly would of been in this case anyway I wont go on and hope you have a good Christmas thanks again

  • As TheAuthor Ken says, I can not add anything that Fudge57 hasn't said, all good advise my friend x I really hope all goes well for you x

  • Hi 1117145

    I am so genuinely sorry to read that and it may help to ring your surgery and make some inquiries? I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck my friend and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Hi, one thing I've read a lot is that you should ask the person who is doing your assessment, if they are experienced in your condition/s. Very often, they are not. And, if you have multiple conditions, do they know about all of them? I've also read that you often turn up to be told their recording equipment is broken or unavailable. Or, if you want to provide your own, it's extremely expensive. And, be aware, that they often watch you when you arrive and enter the building. Don't forget, you can request a home visit. If you need it..... I think it's a good idea to request copies of your notes from your GP. So, you can check them. Yes, they often charge.. I'm glad I did this, as half my notes were missing!! And, I had to complain....

    I also think it's a very good idea to list, each of your conditions and state how each one affects you and impacts on your life. Sometimes, All a GP has is your diagnosis and that can have been made, years ago. Very often, I don't think they have a clue about how you are, day to day. And, I would write it for your worst days. And, ask for it to be put in your notes. I'm just about to do this myself. Then, if the DWP want a report, they have the knowledge to answer correctly.

  • I agree with that completely Fudge57 thank you.

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