In LO’L v SSWP UKUT 0010 a Claimant appealed from the First Tier Tribunal (“FTT”) on the basis that the FTT had failed to make reasonable adjustments for her mental health problems. She had written to the FTT stating that she could not attend the hearing because she did not want to go out on account of “bad depression, anxiety, panic attacks and phobias.” She said that she could not afford the fee to obtain a “medical letter” but directed their attention to a GP’s letter from 2011 which she had submitted during a previous appeal. The FTT at the hearing did not have the 2011 letter on file, nor did SSWP. The hearing proceeded in her absence, ultimately dismissing her appeal.
In the Upper Tribunal (“UT”) the Claimant argued that:
UT Judge Jacobs dismissed the appeal, finding that:
“They do not justify elevating the status of that evidence beyond general awareness of the nature of problems that can arise.” 
“they can be helpful, but not always. The key consideration is always whether the records are likely to contain the sort of information relevant to the precise application of the descriptors. In my experience of cases involving anxiety and panic, the notes may contain some information, but are unlikely to contain the sort of information required to decide whether the requirements of any particular descriptor are satisfied.” 
This case provides:
Katherine Apps represented the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in LO’L and in MM.
This post should not be interpreted as representing the views of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.