If you have been refused Adult Disability Payment (ADP) or are unhappy with the outcome of the award you receive, you may be able to appeal the decision. There are two stages to the appeal process:
If you are unhappy with the decision about your ADP, you can ask for a redetermination. This means that Social Security Scotland will look at your case again. You can ask for a redetermination within 42 days (six weeks) of receiving the decision letter.
To ask for a redetermination, you need to fill in a form and send it to Social Security Scotland. You can find the form on the Social Security Scotland website.
If you are unable to fill in the form yourself, you can get help from a friend, family member, or support service such as Grapevine Disability Information for Edinburgh residents.
If you are still unhappy with the decision reached after the redetermination, you can appeal to a tribunal. This is an independent body that will look at your case and make a decision.
You can appeal to a tribunal within 31 days of receiving the decision letter from Social Security Scotland.
To appeal to a tribunal, you need to fill in a form and send it to the tribunal. You can find the form on the tribunal’s website.
If you are unable to fill in the form yourself, you can get help from a friend, family member, or a support service.
Here are some tips for appealing an ADP decision:
- Make sure you understand the decision letter. If you are unsure, you may wish to ask for support in this.
- Gather evidence to support your appeal. Additional medical evidence from a professional can be helpful in this process.
- Write a clear and concise appeal letter.
- Get help from a professional if you need it.
Appealing an ADP decision can be a long and complicated process, but it is important to remember that you have the right to challenge the decision if you are not happy with it and support is available if needed.
Find out More
You can find out more about Adult Disability Payment online at MyGov.Scot.
Grapevine Disability Information can support with applications and appeals for Adult Disability Payment.
Call: 0131 475 2370
Advice line is open Monday – Friday 10am-4pm