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Mandatory reconsideration goes live in Northern Ireland

From today, 23 May 2016, Mandatory reconsideration is the initial stage that a person must go through in challenging a social security decision made on or after that date.

For decisions made from that date, it is no longer possible to lodge an appeal against a social security decision unless a Mandatory Reconsideration Decision Notice is attached to the appeal. 

Read our information briefing for advisers: Mandatory Reconsideration and Direct Lodgement of Appeals

The Law Centre will run a one-day training session on mandatory reconsideration on 22 June in Belfast (10am to 4pm).

Practitioners are also welcome to attend a free information session on 8 June from 11am to 1pm in the Law Centre's Belfast office and on 15 June, 2.15pm to 4pm in Western Area office.

Follow law Centre (NI)'s welfare reform news microsite for regular updates on changes to the benefits system in Northern Ireland.

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