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Mandatory reconsideration and appeals

Mandatory reconsideration: another fine mess

Issue 245 (April 2015)
Simon Osborne describes the latest mandatory reconsideration problems and solutions.

Still better late than never?

Issue 244 (February 2015)
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'

19 December 2014
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.

Repeat WCAs following appeal: new guidance

Issue 243 (December 2014)
The DWP has issued new guidance (Memo DMG 27/14) about repeat referrals for the work capability assessment (WCA), where the claimant has been successful in an appeal. As before, when a repeat WCA is to be applied is not a matter of law, and so is not in itself a potential subject of appeal to the First-tier Tribunal. However, the guidance, described here by Simon Osborne, provides some very useful pointers in advising claimants as to what they can expect.

Mandatory reconsideration of HMRC decisions

Issue 241 (August 2014)
Mark Willis takes a look at the rules introducing mandatory reconsideration into appeal rights for tax credits, child benefit and guardian’s allowance.

Mandatory reconsideration: problems and solutions

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

Benefit during an employment and support allowance dispute

Issue 238 (February 2014)
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.

3-year benefit ban hits 120 disabled people under new sanctions regime

06 November 2013
The DWP has today published new data on the use of sanctions for Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) claimants. It is the first data that covers new sanctions regimes that commenced for JSA in October 2012, and for ESA in December 2012.

Deciding appeals in the absence of claimants

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

How to expedite a social security appeal

Issue 235 (August 2013)
Tom Royston from Garden Court North Chambers provides some ideas on how to cope with delays in getting appeals listed before a Tribunal.