Helping you appeal benefit decisions
You should appeal benefit decisions you are not happy with.
An 'appeals pack' has been produced to help you appeal. This page tells you how to appeal and lets you print information and letters that you can use.
Social Work Services can offer advice on how to appeal and free representation at your appeal from a specialist team of welfare rights officers. If you want to be represented by a welfare rights officer then you should fill in a mandate form at your local social work office (or follow the above link to the appeals pack). If you have already lodged an appeal but not yet arranged representation you should make arrangements as soon as possible. If you wait until you get the date of your appeal we will be unable to represent you on that day. It may be possible to ask for the appeal to be heard on another day but this cannot be guaranteed. Appeal hearings can be quite complicated and your chances of success will be better if you are represented.