Attwood welcomes support for Belfast Tribunal Service
Cllr Tim Attwood commented:
“Following a meeting Cllr Lee Reynolds and I had with Department for Communities about the need to support the Belfast Advice Tribunal Service, it is most welcome that DfC has indicated that they have secured funds to support this vital service this financial year.
“Given the negative consequences of welfare reform, it is essential that those most vulnerable in our communities have access to professional tribunal support when going through benefit and welfare reform appeals. The Belfast Tribunal Service provide excellent support. The facts speak for themselves, between April – December 2018, the tribunal service has dealt with 1879 clients, 1451 appeals and 5953 enquiries. Most importantly the service has clawed back benefits totalling £5,245,246 for people most in need.”
“It is also most welcome that DfC are looking at financially supporting an appeals service on a regional basis. This will consolidate the Belfast Tribunal Service and will ensure those most in need, in other council areas, will have access to professional tribunal representatives.”