Appeal a benefit decision

After you submit your appeal

Your appeal will be sent to the department that made the decision about your entitlement to benefits. They’ll respond to your appeal explaining why they made the decision.

You’ll get a copy of the response.

Providing evidence

You can provide evidence to help the tribunal understand your condition or circumstances so they can make a decision. Evidence can include a letter from a doctor or someone who knows you.

You’ll be told where to send your evidence after you submit your appeal. Send it as soon as you can so the tribunal have time to read it before the hearing.

The hearing

Your appeal is decided at a tribunal hearing.

You’ll get the decision by post after the hearing. You may get a decision on the day if you go to the hearing.

How long it takes

It usually takes up to 6 months for an appeal to be heard by the tribunal.

Your appeal might be delayed unless you:

  • send any evidence as soon as you can before the hearing
  • arrive at the hearing on time (if you’re attending)
  • register your representative as soon as you can (if you’re using one)