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Mandatory Reconsideration


Mandatory Reconsideration is normally the first step of challenging a benefit or tax credit decision. It is asking the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) or HMRC to look at their decision again.
You normally have to ask for a Mandatory Reconsideration within one month of the decision date (the date on the decision letter) if you are challenging a benefit decision.
If you are challenging a Tax Credits decision the deadline is 30 days.
You will not be able to appeal to an independent tribunal unless you have first applied for a Mandatory Reconsideration and received a Mandatory Reconsideration Notice.
However with Housing Benefit and Council Tax Support decisions you can go straight to appeal without having to ask for a mandatory reconsideration.

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