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If you live in the Midlands, including Birmingham, you can now appeal a personal independence decision online.

The pilot online system allows you to lodge your appeal online instead of filling in and posting an SSCS1 form.

You will need:

your Mandatory Reconsideration Notice (MRN)

your national insurance number

details of your representative, if you have one.

When you complete the online form you have the option to include your email address so that “You’ll get updates and a link so you can track your appeal online.”

Ion addition you can opt to receive text message reminders: “You’ll only get them when you need to do something important, like send evidence or go to the hearing.”

You have the opportunity to say what you disagree with in the MRN and why.

Instead of a signature you simply type your name in a box.

Bizarrely, the terms and conditions you agree to include an undertaking that you will not “knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful.”

You also have to agree not to “attack this site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of-service attack.”

We’d be interested to hear the experiences of anyone who uses the online appeal service.

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