ESA & PIP – A Guide to Reconsiderations & Appeals


This authoritative guide takes you through the process of asking for a mandatory reconsideration of the decision made about your benefit application. It also explains how you can go about making a formal appeal to challenge the DWPs decision.

If you have not been awarded either Employment Support Allowance (ESA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP), you have the right to challenge the decision. You also have a right to challenge an award of benefit at a lower rate than you think you should get. The first step when you appeal against decisions is to ask the DWP for a Mandatory Reconsideration, and you must do this within one month of the date of your decision letter. You cannot launch an appeal to the tribunal without taking this first step.

This authoritative guide from Ann Innes (Welfare Adviser to the ME Association) takes you through every step of the reconsideration and appeals process, and provides tips relevant to people with M.E. It contains all the information you require to lodge a strong challenge to the decision.

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