First Tier Tribunal appeals process - The appeal hearing

If you appeal against a benefit or tax credit decision a First Tier Tribunal will deal with your appeal. This guide goes through the process of what happens after your appeal is received.

The appeal hearing

The tribunal will hear your appeal as soon as possible after receiving your appeal form and will give you at least four weeks’ notice of the hearing date.

If you can't go to the hearing on the arranged date, you should contact the tribunal office. If you have a good reason for not being able to attend, they should be able to arrange another date.

Nearer the date you will be contacted to check if you are attending the hearing and you may be given an idea of the time it will take place.


If you manage to settle your appeal with the benefit or tax credit office you can withdraw your appeal at any stage before the hearing date.


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