From December 2021, the Appeals Service is introducing a six month pilot for PIP appeals. The pilot will introduce interlocutory hearings, during which an Legally Qualified Member (LQM) will consider sets of appeal papers. There will be no requirement for the claimant or their representative to attend the interlocutory hearing. After considering the appeal papers, the LQM may issue directions to the claimant in relation to issues specific to their appeal.
Claimants may also be invited to obtain focused, specific and relevant medical evidence for use at the appeal hearing.
The purpose of the exercise is to ensure that claimants do not need to produce their entire medical notes and records unless the tribunal believe this to be necessary. The Appeals Service will list the appeal for hearing once the claimant has complied with any directions and provided the relevant medical evidence.