I'm appealing a ludicrous decision to place me in the ESA WRAG instead of the Support Group and have just been notified that my appeal has been denied and it's going to a tribunal. I'm not physically capable of attending a tribunal but I have managed to write an articulate and reasoned response to the rejection of my appeal. The rejection consists of just flat contradicting my and my GP's description of what I can do and even lying about DWP's own evidence (a bit weird because that evidence is included in the pack that goes to the tribunal). I contacted CAB to ask if they could represent me at the tribunal and they have referred me to a legal charity who do this sort of thing, for me to phone on Monday. My question: given that I know my own case backwards and forwards and have expressed it in writing, do I have anything to gain by getting a rep or am I risking them stuffing something up if they don't read the papers carefully enough and misrepresent my case to the tribunal? Better to have a rep or no rep, given that I can't be there to correct them? I gather that phone tribunals aren't possible (I asked and was told only videoconferencing with a video bloke in your house is possible which seems bizarre and also uncopeable-with for me). But is that true? Has anyone tried it? I'd struggle to do even that, given my cognitive & memory problems but am wondering. I'm conscious that the success rate of cases where people turn up to represent themselves is supposed to be double that of other cases but maybe it's a self-selecting bunch of success-likely people who go along.