I am aware of all this - but only as a result of being a "likely" future claimant, and having contact with existing claimants.
All of us have an incurable degenerative disease, which means there's no question of anyone trying to "swing the lead", as it's called.
Fortunately in some ways, but unfortunately, perhaps, in others, all my symptoms at the moment are completely unprovable. You can't prove pain, you can't prove fatigue. Hence it's pointless applying for anything, as it's not objectively possible for me to prove anything.
Even with my consultant's input, he would only be able to say: "My patient has reported
pain, my patient has reported
fatigue" etc. - because he can't prove it either.
So effectively, his testimony would be worthless, because he can only reiterate things I've told him myself - which would be effectively the same as me saying them, uncorroborated.
Anyway, it was only a little hypothetical - I accept this is not a benefits website. I was just curious how people would go about it, IF they were determined they wanted to record their interview - without resorting to subterfuge.
True, a surreptitious recording may
not be accepted as evidence. Then again, it may be, if the evidential value outweighs the dubious ethics of acquiring it in the first place. I.e. if you had proof that an assessor had distorted the facts - e.g. said your walking was unaffected, when you had answered unambiguously that you struggled to do 20 yards, it would surely outweigh the fact that you ought not really to have been recording.
At the very least, if you couldn't use it in court, you'd certainly be able to share it with interested parties such as the press, or your MP. The technical infraction of having recorded it would be minor in relation to the misconduct exposed.