I have had several emails this week asking me what will happen after the 365 days expire on March 31, 2014 for the legacy appeal cases that came over to the new Social Security Tribunal from the old Review Tribunal.
Many people have asked me when they can expect that their appeals will be heard.
On March 10, 2014 I emailed the Chair of the Social Security Tribunal to ask what the strategy would be in terms of what the Social Security Tribunal will be in terms of managing this large volume of appeals - to date I have not got a response but as soon as I do I will post this information on the blog.
What I do know is that I have sent in many appeals with Notice of Readiness signed and I have not got any response from the Minister in terms of their position. The expiry is coming up so am I to assume that they are not going to add their position?
I also know that I have sent in appeals in September 2013 and I have not had any indication when an appeal will be held.
So the short answer to when you will get an appeal - well who knows and I am hoping once I hear back from Madam Chair at the Social Security Tribunal that we will be able to have some answers.
If you are not prepared and have not submitted all of your appeal information you will need to request an Extension of time to submit the Notice of Readiness to the Social Security Tribunal. You will need to provide reasons why you are requesting an extension. I have been able to request extensions on files in which I have asked for additional medical and I have yet received this from the doctor. Frankly I think this whole Notice of Readiness process is flawed because disability is fluid and Appellants who have forward MQPS should be able to continue to submit information, also I do not feel that anyone should be prevented from providing information which will help support their appeal.
I have noticed that the Minister's Explanation of Decision are pretty much identical in most cases - except for the name change - but basically they argue the same points everytime - you would think that they would be more creative with denials - but perhaps they have no other way but to follow the denial script. When I have some time after this deadline expires, I will write about the Explanation and how to address these points.
Any questions please call or email, and as soon as I hear what the strategy is for the SST hearing these appeals I will advise.