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Law Centre (NI) launches Digital Guide for PIP benefit appeals

Law Centre (NI) has today launched a Digital Guide to help people who are bringing a social security appeal without the support of a representative.   Focusing on Personal Independence Payment (PIP) appeals, the guide gives practical information and advice to help them prepare for what can be a daunting experience by showing what to expect in an appeal hearing

 The guide comes at a time of significant change to welfare benefits in Northern Ireland. Disability Living Allowance benefit is being replaced by Personal Independence Payment (PIP). As many people are undergoing reassessment for the new benefit, a large increase in the number of appeals is expected.

Director of Law Centre (NI), Ursula O’Hare, said:

“Bringing an appeal can be a challenging and stressful experience for people with no experience of the legal system. We know that not everyone is represented before a tribunal and we hope this guide offers some support to those navigating an appeal tribunal without the support of a representative.

“We produced this guide because we recognise how important it is that people have as much information as possible about the appeal process.  The guide will ensure that anyone facing an appeal will know what to expect and how to prepare in a way that gives them the best chance of achieving a successful outcome.”

The guide is also a practical resource for new tribunal representatives, and is available for download here.

Law Centre (NI) is a not-for profit organisation which promotes social justice and provides specialist legal services to advice organisations and disadvantaged individuals.

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