If you're unhappy with a decision about your claim for Housing Benefit you can:
- request a 'Statement of Reasons' explaining how we made our decision
- ask us to revise our decision
- contact the independent Tribunals Service
How did we make the decision?
When you make a benefit claim, your circumstances change, or you have to pay back benefit, we'll send you a benefit decision letter that shows you the information we used to work out your benefit.
You should check this letter carefully before appealing our decision.
If you don't understand the decision, or want more information about it, please contact us. We can send you a 'Statement of Reasons' explaining in more detail how we worked out your benefit.
Please note: if you request a Statement of Reasons more than 1 month after we made our decision, we can still explain the decision but may not be able to look into it further.
What if I disagree with the decision?
If you think our decision is wrong, you can ask us to:
- look at our decision again
- pass your case to an independent tribunal that is run by the Tribunals Service
You must write and tell us why you think your benefit is wrong and whether you want us to look at the decision again or pass your case to the Tribunals service.
We must get your letter within 1 calendar month of the date in the decision letter. The 1 month time limit does not include any time it takes us to send you a Statement of Reasons.
Once we've looked at your appeal we'll do 1 of the following:
- decide not to change our decision
- change our decision and pay you more benefit
- change our decision and pay you less benefit
If you appeal and are still not happy with the result, we can pass your case to the independent Tribunals Service. If you have already asked us to pass your case to them, this will be done automatically. If not, you will need to write to us within 1 month of the date of our decision letter and tell us you want this to happen.
When your case is passed to the Tribunals Service, we'll send you a copy of our case. The Tribunal Service will send you a 'Tribunals Service Enquiry Form' known as a TAS1.
The form will ask whether you want your case to be dealt:
- in writing
- by attending in person
You'll have 14 days to return the TAS1.
At the hearing, the Tribunal Service will look at the:
- circumstances at the time we made the decision you're appealing against
The Tribunals Service will notify you in writing of their decision.