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Hello, My son has just heard from the appeals tribunal that they were unable to decide the appeal. The tribunal has decided to adjourn the hearing.
The letter states that the appeal was adjourned because the tribunal felt it was not appropriate to hear the appeal on that day & that my son should be encouraged to attend the adjourned hearing.
It also states that the Tribunal clerk shall obtain copies of GP computer records including any correspondence from hospitals & consultants.
Again the letter states that my son is encouraged to attend an oral hearing of his appeal. He did not attend the first appeal because of his medical conditions & they know he would not be able to attend any appeals yet are still saying he should be encouraged to attend.
The letter also states that if my son is willing to attend he must let the Tribunal Service know within 14 days of the letter otherwise the appeal will proceed to be heard on the basis of the papers alone.
I can't understand why they are so keen for my son to attend the oral hearing of his appeal. They will have all the necessary paperwork, so how will his presence make any difference to their decision?
I know I have read that it is better for people to attend these appeals rather than the decision be made on the basis of paper alone, but if the person is unable to attend I don't think that should go against them.
This scenerio has been going on since October 2016.
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