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Appeals

 

How do I dispute a decision regarding my Housing Benefit Claim?

If you feel that a decision made in the assessment of your Housing Benefit claim is wrong you can ask for that decision to be looked at again or for a more in-depth explanation of the assessment.
 

Please can I have an explanation of my Housing Benefit decision?

You can write to us requesting a more detailed explanation of your decision at anytime. We will then write back to you explaining our actions in more detail and giving an explanation of how and why we have come to the decision. If after this explanation you still do not agree with our decision, you can ask for a reconsideration of our decision.
 

Please reconsider my Housing Benefit decision?

You have the right to ask us to reconsider our original decision, however this must be done in writing and must be signed by the person who is affected by the decision. This should be done within one calendar month from the date of the decision.
 
You should state in your letter which decision you do not agree with, giving the reasons why you think the decision is wrong. We will then write to you to inform you if we have changed our original decision and provide you with an explanation regarding our decision. You then have one calendar month to appeal against the reconsideration decision.
 

How do I Appeal against a Housing Benefit decision?

This must be in writing and be signed by the person who is affected by the decision. This appeal must be made within one calendar month of your benefit notification or reconsideration letter. You must state what you are appealing against, giving the reasons why you think the decision is wrong.  If we have not already done so we will reconsider our decision. 
 
If we are unable to alter our decision we will prepare your case for an Independent Tribunal. These are administered by the Tribunal Service. We will send both you and the Tribunal Service a copy of our response. You can choose an oral or paper based hearing. The tribunal (normally one legally qualified person) will then make a decision on your appeal.
 
Alternatively, you can contact the Tribunal Service directly on (0845) 4083500 or by visiting http://www.appeals-service.gov.uk/
 
If you would like any independent advice regarding our decisions, you can contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau.  
 
There are no costs associated with appealing against a decision for Housing Benefit.
 

Forms

 

Link to a PDF document Please complete this form if you disagree with our decision or require an explanation. (pdf)

 

Link to a PDF document For further information on What to do if I disagree with my Housing Benefit decision? (pdf)

 

 

 

Council Tax Support

If you would like to appeal against your Council Tax Support, please click here for information.

 

 

Contacts

 
Housing Benefit & Council Tax Enquiries                 Revenues & Benefits            
Telephone: (01902) 696668 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: benefits@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
  South Staffordshire
  WV8 1PX

                                                                  

 

LGSL No: 72

 

 

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