Appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal

5. The tribunal's decision

You’ll get the decision either:

  • at the hearing
  • by post

If you’re unhappy with the decision

You may be able to:

  • get a decision ‘set aside’
  • appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber)

Your decision letter has more information.

Get a decision set aside

You’ll be told how to get a decision ‘set aside’ (cancelled) if you think there’s been a mistake in the process. Contact Citizens Advice if you need help.

Appeal to the Upper Tribunal Administrative Appeals Chamber

You can only appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) if you think the decision was wrong for a legal reason, for example, if the tribunal didn’t:

  • give proper reasons for its decision, or back up the decision with facts
  • apply the law properly

Contact Citizens Advice if you need help.

You must then follow 3 steps.

  1. Ask the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal for full written reasons (known as a ‘statement of reasons’) within one month of the date of the decision. The decision letter will tell you how to do this.

  2. Ask the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal for permission to appeal to the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber).

  3. If the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal refuses, ask the Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) for permission to appeal.