Reply To: VTS URGENT -Change to evidence disclosure process with effect from 1 April 2024

nick dearnley

Bear in mind that before a VT appeal can be made the appellant must have given the council the chance to change the decision, so in all cases where there is an appeal any new info/reconsideration should already have been done. Of course, an appellant can provide something new when they appeal – we see that sometimes with HB appeals – but these should be the minority.

As the LGSCO recommend four weeks from appeal to submission to FtT for HB cases I see this as just aligning with that, although the LGSCO recommendation doesn’t come with the sanction of exclusion from the process if it’s not met. There is the additional aspect that the VT seem to be committing to filtering appeals on the initial submission, which may give a trade-off in time spent.