It was today, 10am.
'We have received no reply or evidence from the DWP since we requested it in March'.
I have a letter from said agency, dated Sept (that I produced at the tribunal) stating. 'We have sent all evidence to the tribunal and they are in receipt of it'. The judge was livid. The DWP have now lied on separate occasions to myself, to my partner, to my MP and now, to the tribunal judge.
And... 'Despite a letter confirming a doctor would attend on the DWP's behalf, nobody arrived today'.
Also the judge produced a backdated letter from the DWP stating that they have no fresh evidence after February 2012. So, the original decision AND the appeal decision were made without viewing ANY evidence whatsoever, either their own or the pages of letters from specialists that I provided (and took copies of today).
The judge was excellent, full of apologies and promised a written decision in 2-3 weeks. I'm paraphrasing, but,
'If I knew I had the authority, I would make my decision right now, but I want the DWP to have NO comeback on this matter'.
I would have been furious, but to be honest, I wasn't at all surprised. It appears the drive to get people off sickness benefits is being conducted using guesswork.