Welfare benefits - Appeals

This page explains what you can do if you disagree with a decision about your benefits. It explains how to appeal to a tribunal.


  • You must appeal to the tribunal service within 1 month of the date on the Mandatory Reconsideration Notice or decision by your local authority.
  • The tribunal will look at all the information that you, the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or local authority (LA) give. They will decide if the decision should change or stay the same.
  • If you decide to appeal, you will need to prepare the appeal yourself. There may be a service in your area to help you with this appeal.
  • You may find it useful to give information to the tribunal service before your hearing.


We know that money and mental health problems often go hand in hand. That’s why Rethink Mental Illness, as part of Mental Health UK, have set up a new website. It will help you understand, manage and improve your mental and financial health. You can find a wide range of information to help you with your benefits.


Visit the Mental Health & Money Advice site now 

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