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New Social Security Chamber 22/11/2018 The new Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland was created today, 22nd November 2018.

New Social Security Chamber

The new Social Security Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal for Scotland was created today, 22nd November 2018. The Social Security Chamber will hear appeals from decisions by Social Security Scotland, an executive agency of Scottish Government, about certain social security benefits.

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment will be the first appealable Scottish benefit to be introduced by Social Security Scotland. Social Security Scotland will be responsible for 11 devolved benefits, and for those where an independent appeal is available, applications will be made to the Social Security Chamber.

Mrs Anne Scott will be assigned as the Temporary President of this new Chamber. Mrs Scott is currently the President of the Tax Chamber, a role she will continue to perform. A new website www.socialsecuritychamber.scot will be launched on 10th December to coincide with the launch of applications for Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment, to provide information and assistance for anyone considering making an appeal.

In general, those claiming entitlement to a grant must first seek a redetermination by Social Security Scotland but if dissatisfied with its decision, they may be able to appeal to the Social Security Chamber.

Administration of the new Chamber will be based in the Glasgow Tribunals Centre but the intention is that hearings, where possible, will be available locally to the person appealing the benefit decision.

For people currently applying for the equivalent grant from DWP, arrangement for appeals will continue as at present until Social Security Scotland begin administering the benefit. During the transition, if a person has made an appeal in relation to a DWP decision, this appeal will continue to be managed by HMCTS.

 

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