Does a (corporate) appointee have to attend an appeal?

PIP appeal, should be straightforward except that corporate appointee feels that it is not an appropriate use of its time to attend (telephone) hearing. Support worker (from same LA) and rep (me) and claimant (schizophrenic, 10 years in supported housing) will be there. Can the hearing go ahead in these circs or will it just get adjourned? I can speak to the appointee about its responsibilities etc, but just wanted to know what tribunal might say if we wanted it to go ahead? Claimant has appointee for reason of unable to manage finances rather than general lack of capacity (drug and alcohol issues).

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