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Fee-paid Disability Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber
Number of vacancies: up to 115
Fee: £201.98 a day
Locations: Across England, Scotland and Wales
An excellent opportunity has arisen to join the judiciary as a fee-paid Disability Member of the First-tier Tribunal, Social Entitlement Chamber. This role is open to people with a disability, or people who work in a voluntary or professional capacity with disabled people. There are 115 vacancies throughout England, Scotland and Wales.
Who can apply
You must meet one of the following requirements:
a) you have a disability:
you will be considered to have a disability if you have a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
b) you work in a professional capacity (other than as a registered medical practitioner) with disabled people:
this means that you must be actively involved in dealing with the disability and not simply advising on disability issues such as welfare benefits. This includes, but is not limited to, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, community psychiatric nurses, nurses and social workers working with disabled people
c) you work in a voluntary capacity with disabled people
d) you care for someone who has a disability
If you are applying as a voluntary worker you must actively and frequently work with people with a disability to assist them in respect of their disability. The time spent as a voluntary worker must be significant.
If you are applying as a carer you would normally be a parent or a full time carer of a disabled person. If you do not live with the disabled person you must have actively and frequently cared for them over a significant period of time.
In addition, you should be able to offer a reasonable length of service, usually of 5 years, before the statutory retirement age of 70.
About the role There are three jurisdictions in the Social Entitlement Chamber of the First-tier Tribunal. These are:
- Social Security and Child Support
- Asylum Support
- Criminal Injuries Compensation
Your work would be in the Social Security and Child Support jurisdiction. You will sit on appeals that involve Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payments and Attendance Allowance.
You will sit on the tribunal alongside a Medical Member and a Judge to decide cases brought before the tribunal. You will be given the papers for the hearing in advance. You will be expected to read and understand the information before the hearing starts. This may involve studying substantial amounts of complex documentary evidence.
During the hearing, you will use your experience of disabilities to assist the tribunal. You will do this by:
- applying your knowledge to the facts of the case
- examining the evidence
- asking questions during the hearing
- helping to reach a decision on the appeal with the other panel members
You will be assigned to a primary tribunal venue based on your home location and will be asked to undertake tribunal business as the need arises. How often you are asked to sit will depend on the workload of the tribunal as well as your own commitments and availability. You will usually be expected to sit at least 15 days a year for tribunal business, and to attend mandatory training.