Benefits Appeals Tribunals

Welfare Benefits Appeals - Tribunals

Citizens Advice Birmingham can help represent people at benefits appeal tribunals, but this service is limited and unfortunately we can’t help everyone.

As a charity, many people who work here are volunteers and we don’t have enough volunteers to help everyone who asks us.

If you want us to attend a tribunal with you, please get in touch as soon as possible, but please do not assume we will be able to help in every case.

Welfare Benefits Tribunals – online help

There is more help on our website about preparing for tribunals:

• Appealing against a DWP benefit decision
• PIP appeal
• PIP appeal helpsheet
• DLA appeal

There is also Government tribunal guidance here.


If you have a tribunal hearing coming up and would like Citizens Advice Birmingham to attend with you:

1)  Please get in touch as soon as you know the date of the hearing.
     Contact us on: 03444 77 10 10 (9.30 am - 4.30 pm Mon. - Fri.)

2)  We will make a note that you would like us to attend with you.

3)  At this point, this does NOT mean we will be able to attend.
     We will see if we have someone available who can help.

4)  We will get in touch with you TWO WEEKS before your hearing date, and let you know if we can help or not.

If we cannot attend with you, we will give you information about the tribunal process so you can prepare.

You do not need to have representation at the tribunal – the process is designed so that people can explain their case themselves. The Tribunal panel will be asking you questions about your health problems and how they affect your ability to carry out certain tasks, and the Tribunal Representative cannot answer on your behalf.

You can also ask a family member or friend to go with you for moral support.