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Do I still attend Tribunal if DWP sent me letters saying they've re-assessed my case and paying ESA?
As per title, I 'failed' assessment @ Croydon in February last year, tried to appeal but that was turned down too, so it has gone to tribunal.
I got notified last July that I was on waiting list and it'd be approx 7 months, last month I finally got tribunal hearing date of next week (21/2).
Despite being helped by Citizens Advice, the DWP representatives on the phone told me something different each time I phoned them (re non payment as my benefits were stopped). Eventually I got a backdated sick note from my GP from the time I "failed" - that was in September. I have also been getting same sick notes from GP from then each month.
Last year, I got notification from DWP about when my sick note was finished and I needed a new one, but in December the letters from DWP changed.
I got a letter in Decemebr saying they "have looked at my claim again following a recent change. From 2018 your Employment and Support allowance will be £73.10 a week". Since then I had no requests for sick notes and also no payments from the DWP(?).
I got further sick notes from my GP and sent them off and received payments, I got another letter which said my benefit would be £71.10 from April 2019, then another letter on 6/2/2019 saying the same as above ("have looked at my claim again following a recent change. From 8/1/2019 your Employment and Support allowance will be £73.10 a week".
I have received and forwarded to DWP my sick notes from my GP that covers me until April of this year, but I am totally confused.
1) Do I still have to attend Tribunal hearing next week?
2) If so, why(?) have I recevied letters from DWP saying they have looked at my case agian?
Have been pateint of local Community Mental Healthcare for past 30 years, in 2007 I was diagnosed with rare learning disability and registered as special needs, put on higher rate (£100pw) benefit - no contact with local Jobcebtre / DWP needed, benefit paid every week for years no problem..
This remained the same until 2012, when new regime of assessments started, each 'assessment' I failed, but 'won' every one upon first appeal. Never had to attend tribunal.
Higher rate of £100 pw week continuously paid.
Many thanks for any help anyone can give.