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Experiences of getting appeals expedited (especially AT cases)

Martin Williams
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Welfare rights advisor - CPAG, London

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We are wondering how advisers are getting on with attempting to get the First-tier Tribunal to expedite hearings in universal credit appeals where the claimant is destitute and the appeal could solve that?

Particularly thinking obviously of cases where what is in issue is the application (or otherwise) of SSWP v AT (AIRE Centre and IMA Intervening) [2022] UKUT 330 (AAC); SSWP v AT [2023] EWCA Civ 1307 (opens CPAG webpage about these cases where we host the various templates) where people have used the resources CPAG provide.

It would be really useful to hear back from advisers how this is going with details such as (a) date made appeal (b) date asked for expedition- and resources uses/evidence of destitution provided (c) dates and details of any attempts made at chasing that request (d) dates fixed for hearing etc.

We can use any feedback to help to improve the resources but also interested to find out whether HMCTS’ admininstrative practices for dealing with such requests are sufficient to enable them to give expedition that allows judgment within a reasonable time in these cases.

Feel free to post here (or if you’d rather not here then get in touch (probably most appropriate way if case you don’t want advice on case but just sharing info is via EWS).

Thoughts also welcome more generally on expedition and HMCTS. Would be great just to find out people’s experiences and opinions on this.


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Welfare Rights Adviser - Southwark Law Centre, Peckham

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I have just arrived back from leave to find an email from an organisation that regularly refers to us with 4 (yes 4) “decisions” from mid-April to late May where DWP are ‘pausing’ decisions because AT is apparently being appealed….....