The Social Security and Child Support Commissioners
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION ACT 1992
APPEAL TO THE COMMISSIONER FROM A DECISION OF A DISABILITY APPEAL TRIBUNAL UPON A QUESTION OF LAW
DECISION OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY COMMISSIONER
"The tribunal were given to understand that the appellant's representative had requested a postponement from DATCO which had been refused. There is no indication before this tribunal as to the grounds for such a request for postponement and indeed no request was forthcoming to this tribunal for a postponement or adjournment."
This was a wholly unsatisfactory state of affairs although, of course, it was not the fault of the members of the tribunal. One of the issues in the appeal was the state of the claimant's mental health. Later in their decision, the tribunal recorded:-
"The tribunal accept that the appellant gets depressed and panicky and does not sleep well and would prefer to have someone with her for reassurance."
This seems a fairly clear case in which representation for the claimant was desirable.
16 July 1998