Appeal a decision against financial assistance for a reservist

1. Appeal to the tribunal

You can appeal to the Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals (RFAT) if your claim for financial assistance has been turned down.

The tribunal must receive your appeal within 5 days of you getting the decision letter or your application will be rejected.

If you’re going to miss the deadline and have a valid reason for doing so, then say why in your notice of appeal. Extensions are only granted in exceptional circumstances.

The tribunal is independent of government. A judge will listen to both sides of the argument before making a decision.

Help you can get

Contact RFAT or your legal representative if you have any questions about appealing. RFAT can’t give you legal advice.

Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals rfat@tribunals.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0161 833 6100
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You can also find a lawyer.

How to appeal

Write a letter called a ‘notice of appeal’ to the Secretary of Tribunals.

You must include:

  • your name, address and telephone number
  • a statement that it’s a ‘notice of appeal’
  • the grounds for appealing the decision
  • what you want the tribunal to decide (known as the ‘determination’)
  • whether you want to attend the hearing
  • whether you’ll be legally represented
  • the names and addresses of any witnesses

You’ll need to include:

  • a copy of the decision you’re appealing
  • all documents that were part of your original application
  • any relevant documents that weren’t part of your original application and the reasons why they weren’t included

Send your letter

You can email, fax, post or deliver your notice of appeal in person to:

Secretary of Tribunals
Reserve Forces Appeal Tribunals
Employment Tribunals
Regional Office
Alexandra House
14-22 The Parsonage
Manchester
M3 2JA

Secretary of Tribunals manchesteret@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Fax: 0870 739 4433