What if I disagree with a decision about my Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support?
If you are not happy with the decision that has been made you can ask us to look at the decision again. You should write to us stating why you do not agree with the decision that has been made. Your reasons for disagreeing with the decision could be that we have used incorrect information, or that we have not applied the rules correctly in your case. However, if you are not happy with the decision because you disagree with the rules we cannot change the decision.
Is there a time limit?
Yes there is a time limit for making an appeal if you disagree with the decision about Housing Benefit., you must write to us within one month of the date that we wrote to you to tell you the decision. You can ask us to look at the decision again (to reconsider it) or you can make an appeal. If you want to appeal you should put this clearly in your letter and your case will be passed to the Tribunal Service.
If you do not agree with the decision about your Council Tax Support, you can ask us to look at the decision again. If you ask us to look at the decision again we will check the decision and will either confirm that it is correct or we will make a new decision.
What happens next?
If you still disagree with a decision about your Council Tax Support you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal but you must make your appeal within 2 months of our letter to you confirming the first decision.
If you ask us to look at the decision again and we have not replied to you after 2 months you can appeal directly to the Valuation Tribunal. The Valuation Tribunal will not accept your appeal unless you have asked us to reconsider the decision first.
What happens if I disagree with the decisions made on my Housing Benefit claim and my Council Tax Support claim?
If you want us to reconsider the decisions for both Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support please make this clear in your letter to us. Once we have checked the decisions if you want to continue with an appeal, you will need to make separate appeals, an appeal to the Tribunal Service for your Housing Benefit, and an appeal to the Valuation Tribunal for your Council Tax Support.