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    Anonymous
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    Hi i wonder if anybody has a view on this one

    In our request for information letters, we have included a sentence asking the customers to provide the information within a week to speed up the processing of their claims. we have also obviously given a clear indication in the letter that they also have a calendar month to provide the information

    our appeals department are saying that by including this sentence about providing information within a week, is bad practice and may cause problems at any future tribunal

    i cant see a problem, as we are just encouraging the customer to provide the info so we can process the claim more quickly

    what do you think

    #88624
    Kevin D
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    [quote:55017fb578=”sgraham”].. our appeals department are saying that by including this sentence about providing information within a week, is bad practice and may cause problems at any future tribunal[/quote:55017fb578]

    I agree with your appeals department. By making reference to a lesser time frame than the statutory minimum, it leaves it wide open for it to be argued it is confusing – irrespective if the “month” is mentioned as well.

    Your LA is not alone. A number of LAs deliberately ask for responses within time limits that have no legal basis – most don’t even go on to mention the “month” minimum.

    I can’t recall the case reference, but there is a CD (or UTD?) where the “month” was at issue and the LA was heavily criticised for giving a lesser time limit.

    #88625
    Anonymous
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    From a processing perspective I completely understand where you’re coming from.

    However as an appeals officer I have to agree with yours. My LA was once criticised by a Tribunal Judge who is now a well know UT judge for giving a 2 week limit on letters. I did tell him though we will always give a month but the 2 week limit was to hurry up the claimants.

    I have to say he was not remotely impressred by this argument.

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