Appeal a Housing Benefit decision
If you think the information is wrong, you can dispute the decision in the following ways:
- ask for a full explanation - called a 'statement of reasons'
- ask the Council to look at the decision again - you can still appeal later
- appeal to an independent tribunal - it can change the decision if it agrees it is wrong
You must write to the Council within one month. That month starts at the date of issue of the benefit decision letter.
You must write to the Council describing why you think the decision is wrong. The Council will check your claim and take into account any further information you have provided. The Council will write to let you know whether or not it has changed its decision. If not, you have the right to appeal further.
If you disagree with any new decision you will have a further month to write to the Council with your reasons or appeal to an independent tribunal. If the Council has not changed its decision it will forward your appeal to Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal services. You will be informed of this in writing.
- identify the date of the decision you wish to appeal against
- describe why you think the decision is wrong
- provide supporting evidence
You must do the same for each decision you appeal.
Any changes in your circumstances must be reported straight away so your case can be amended.