This course is focused on equipping advisers to deal with the legal and practical issues that apply in getting initial decisions on benefits and tax credits changed.
Covering basic rules and practical problems, it deals with challenges up to (but not beyond) getting an appeal lodged with the First-tier Tribunal.
Aimed at advisers with a working knowledge of benefits and tax credits, it will also include an outline on making an initial challenge in other cases, such as council tax reduction and overpayment recovery in the tax credit and universal credit schemes. The course includes:
Revision and supersession
- Mandatory reconsideration – problems in practice
- Lodging an appeal with the First-tier Tribunal (including direct lodgement procedures)
- Initial challenges where there is no right of appeal
Note: this course does not deal with preparing for and representing at appeals at the First-tier Tribunal or beyond, or with the detail of making a challenge by judicial review