Appealing a PIP decision - film 2

Debbie: [Sitting in a head and shoulders frame with a Scope banner behind her, talking to camera]  

So, you want to appeal a Personal Independence Payment benefit decision letter.

We’ve broken the process down into five easy to follow films. 

This is the second film, where I’ll talk you through going from Mandatory Reconsideration to Tribunal Appeal.
The Mandatory Reconsideration will be carried out by a different decision-maker at the DWP. They will review the claim form, the assessment report and all the supporting evidence that you sent in.

If the decision remains unchanged after the Mandatory Reconsideration, you will receive a copy of a Mandatory Reconsideration notice. You will be sent two copies of this and you’ll need one copy to send to the tribunal.

You will need to download an SSCS1 form which is available on our website. Try getting in touch with a benefits adviser to start building your case and work out your chances of success. Join Scope’s online community where you can share appeal tactics and ask our benefits advisors specific questions. 

If your SSCS1 form is going to be late, explain this on the form otherwise your appeal will not be accepted. 
You can choose to have an oral or paper based hearing. An oral hearing is better because you will be able to put your case forward in person. Only choose a paper-based hearing if your evidence is strong and clear and points to a clear decision.

Send your SSCS1 form and your copy of your Mandatory Reconsideration Notice to the tribunal. If possible send it by recorded delivery or special delivery.

Remember to keep records of all telephone calls and paperwork.

In the next film I’ll talk you through how to prepare for the hearing. Click the button on the top right now to go straight to the film.

Visit our website today for information on how to appeal a Personal Independence Payment benefit decision.