appeals

  • Ministry of Justice consultation on transforming courts and tribunals

    November 2016
    briefing

    CPAG has responded to a Ministry of Justice consultation on changes to social security appeal tribunals.

  • Elearning courses


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    We have developed three elearning courses to help frontline workers who do not work in welfare rights get to grips with important changes in the benefits system. These three courses are currently free:

    • Scottish Welfare Fund
    • Surviving the Appeals Process
    • Universal Credit

    Advantages of elearning

    Elearning has many advantages. It is a flexible and cost effective way to learn, avoiding the expense of travel and extra time away from work.

    There are other benefits that might not be so obvious:

  • Using legislation and caselaw

    Level: Standard

    training course

    Advisers regularly deal with complex areas of social security and tax credits law. This one-day course explores some of the legal skills required by lay advisers, and gives information on different aspects of the legal system.

    The course covers:

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  • Still better late than never?

    Issue 244 (February 2015)
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    Various changes, some unintentional others deliberate, have made it more difficult to bring an appeal against a tax credits decision outside the time limit. Following on from Martin Williams article in Bulletin 234, Mike Spencer looks at the issues and discusses potential legal challenges.

  • CPAG's response to SSAC inquiry into ESA 'loopholes'

    December 2014
    briefing

    CPAG has responded to the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) consultation on the government's proposal to close a 'loophole' in Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) repeat claims.

  • Mandatory reconsideration: problems and solutions

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
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    Martin Williams looks at some of the problems thrown up by mandatory reconsideration and direct lodgement of appeals (see Bulletin 235: New appeals rules and procedures) and what advisers can do to try to solve them.

  • Benefit during an employment and support allowance dispute

    Issue 238 (February 2014)
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    David Simmons examines the issues and options which arise in relation to the payment of benefit during a dispute about whether a claimant has limited capability for work.

  • Tax credits revival

    Issue 238 (February 2014)
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    Mark Willis considers some recent and forthcoming changes to the administration of tax credits.

  • Deciding appeals in the absence of claimants

    Issue 236 (October 2013)
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    David Simmons looks at the rules and recent caselaw relating to the determination of appeals in the absence of claimants.

  • Appeals toolkit: introduction


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    Welcome to CPAG in Scotland’s Appeals toolkit.

    This appeals toolkit gathers together useful resources to help you through the appeals process for benefits, tax credits and universal credit. Here you can find links to official forms, sample letters, the legislation, caselaw and relevant articles and factsheets.