• ESA: appeals and repeat claims

    Issue 216 (June 2010)

    Edward Graham examines updates to the law and guidance.

  • ESA: repeat claims and appeals

    Issue 213 (December 2009)

    Edward Graham explains the rules allowing ESA to be paid on repeat claims and pending appeals.

  • ESA decisions and appeals

    Issue 207 (December 2008)

    Simon Osborne outlines the rules regarding decision-making and challenges in employment and support allowance (ESA).

  • A guide for appeal representatives

    Issue 200 (October 2007)

    The Tribunals Service has issued a guide for representatives at social security appeal tribunals - Good practice guidance for those who appear before appeal tribunals. It was issued on 3rd August 2007, just over 12 months since the first draft of the guide was issued, and has undergone a substantial re-write following the consultation with representatives from the National Customer Representative Liaison Forum. The published version is a significant improvement on earlier drafts. Edward Graham outlines the main points.

  • Appeals to the Upper Tribunal

    training course

    This is an essential course for anyone who wants to challenge decisions of the First-tier Tribunal (Social Entitlement Chamber) effectively. Some experience of representing at the First-tier Tribunal is essential. 

    The course covers: 

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  • Interim in the interim?

    Issue 223 (August 2011)

    Martin Williams discusses a pending case which assists claimants struggling to cope because disputes about their entitlement are pending before a tribunal.

  • Mandatory consideration of revision before appeal - CPAG's response to the DWP's public consultation

    April 2012

    Clause 100 of the Welfare Reform Bill as introduced enables regulations to be made to require claimants who disagree with a decision to request consideration of revision before they may appeal against a decision. CPAG believes that the proposed implementation is a highly retrograde step which will adversely affect the interests of claimants.

  • Proposed amendments to the Tribunal Procedure (First-tier Tribunal) (Social Entitlement Chamber) Rules 2008 - CPAG's response

    May 2012

    The Tribunal Procedure Committee is proposing to amend the first-tier tribunal rules to complement the proposed introduction of mandatory revisions before appeal. The new rules will require appeals to be submitted to the Tribunal Service rather than the benefit authorities, and will introduce a statutory time limit for the benefit authorities to respond to appeals.

    Details of the consultation can be found on the Ministry of Justice website.

  • Representing at the first-tier Tribunal

    Level: Standard

    training course

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  • Struck out?

    Issue 226 (February 2012)

    Martin Williams reviews the rules which allow a tribunal to strike out an appeal and the correct procedure for doing so.