If you want to appeal to the Social Security Appeal Authority, you must do so within 3 months of the Benefits Review Committee’s decision.
If you make an appeal after the 3 months has passed, you must state in a letter with your application why your appeal is late and why you think it should be accepted.
To make an appeal, fill in the Notice of Appeal form and send it to us, making sure you include a copy of the committee’s decision:
Send the form to us.
Social Security Appeal Authority
Private Bag 32001
There’s no fee to make an appeal to the Authority.
You can present your own case or have a lawyer, or advocate, present it for you.
You can appoint an advocate to act for you. They don’t need to be a lawyer – any person can be your advocate provided they have your written authority to do so. The Authority will communicate directly with your advocate.
Both you and your advocate need to sign this form:
If you hire a lawyer, you may be able to get legal aid to help with legal costs.
A lawyer, your local Citizens Advice Bureau or Community Law Centre can tell you more about this.
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