Housing benefit disputes and appeals
If you disagree with a decision made about your housing benefit, you have one calendar month to contact us and ask us to either:
- explain our decision (this is called ‘a statement of reasons’)
- ask us to look at the decision again (this is called a ‘reconsideration’)
- ask for an appeal to an independent tribunal.
Asking for a Statement of Reasons
If you would like an explanation of how we have worked out your entitlement, you can call our Customer Services team on 020 8770 5000 to discuss your claim.
If you want a written explanation of our reasons for the decision or a full breakdown of how your claim was calculated, you should write in or email us.
Asking for a Reconsideration
If you believe our decision is wrong, you should write in or email us, within one calendar month of the date of our letter, to ask for the decision to be reconsidered.
You need to tell us why you think your entitlement is wrong and provide any information to support this.
Once we have received your request, your claim will be looked at again. We will then send you a letter telling you if your entitlement has changed or will stay the same.
If, after your claim has been reviewed, you still disagree with our decision, you can ask to appeal.
Appealing a decision
If you believe our decision is wrong, you can appeal to an independent Tribunal Service.
Your appeal must reach us within one calendar month of the date of the decision that you are appealing, or within one calendar month of our letter advising of the outcome of a reconsideration.
Appeals must be made in writing to our Housing Benefits department and be signed by the person making the appeal. You need to tell us why you think your entitlement is wrong and provide any information to support this.
We will look at our decision again and if we do not change it, your appeal will be submitted to the Tribunal Service. They will then review our decision, using the evidence provided and the law that governs how we make decisions.