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Social Insurance Tribunalshelping people appeal decisions about benefits payments

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In brief…

If a member of the public disagrees with a decision made about their benefit, income support or family allowance payments, there is initially an internal review within the Committee for Employment and Social Security. Many cases are resolved at that point.

However, the person concerned may not be satisfied and can appeal to the relevant independent Social Insurance Tribunal.

A single panel of members covers the work of all three Social Insurance Tribunals. When an appeal requires a full hearing, three members of the panel are selected to form a Tribunal.

At the hearing the Tribunal hears evidence from the person making the appeal and the relevant officers and then makes a decision.

From time to time, the Tribunals advertise for members of the public to join the panel to replace members who have stood down.

You will need to show that you can make balanced, reasonable and unbiased decisions, based on the evidence.

There are about five appeals a year in total, of which one or two reach a full hearing. This is an average and can vary widely.

There’s much more…

To read about the Social Insurance Tribunals in detail, click the ‘download info as pdf’ button below.  Or change over to a laptop or tablet.


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Miriam Makeba - South Africa

Nominated by: Christine James

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (1932 to 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, songwriter, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. In 2020 she was named one of Time magazine’s 100 women of the century. 

South Africa is ranked 12th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 45.8% (source: 

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The original image “The Hague Jazz 2008 – Miriam Makeba” by Haags Uitburo is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 


Jacinda Ardern - New Zealand

Nominated by: Martin Lock

Jacinda Ardern (born 1980) has served as prime minister of New Zealand and leader of the Labour Party since 2017. In 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, rapidly introducing strict gun laws in response, and throughout 2020 she directed the country’s widely praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Ardern was the world’s second elected head of government to give birth in office when her daughter was born in 2018. ‘An inspiring Prime Minister who brought a nation together with true leadership, empathy and compassion.’

New Zealand is ranked 4th in the world for percentage of women in national parliament: 48.3% (source: 

Other iconic women: Dame Whina Cooper, nominated by Claire Fisher, and Kate Sheppard, nominated by Anna Cooper.

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