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Social Security Appeal Tribunal 20 August 2007

The Appointments Commission* is seeking applications from individuals to fill a vacancy which has arisen on the panel of Chairmen of the Social Security Appeals Tribunals. Applicants must be legally qualified (i.e. a barrister, advocate or solicitor of not less than 7 years standing). Appointments will take effect from 31st October 2007.

• What is the Social Security Appeals Tribunal?

The Social Security Appeals Tribunal (“The Tribunal”) is constituted under section 5 of the Social Security Act 1998 and, ordinarily, consists of –

  • a Chairman drawn from a panel of Chairmen appointed in accordance with the Tribunals Act 2006; and
  • a person representing employed earners and one representing employers and self-employed earners drawn from a panel of persons acting as members of appeal tribunals, also appointed in accordance with the Tribunals Act 2006.

Other persons – including medical practitioners and other persons experienced in dealing with the needs of disabled persons may form part of the appeal tribunal where the appeal involves an issue relating to a person’s incapacity for work or disability.

• What does the Social Security Appeals Tribunal do?

The Social Security Appeals Tribunal considers appeals against decisions made by the DHSS involving –

  • entitlement to social security benefits,
  • National Insurance matters,
  • and certain private pension matters.

• Who is the Appointments Commission looking for?

The Appointments Commission is seeking an advocate, barrister or solicitor to be appointed to the panel of appeal tribunal Chairmen. The Commission is looking for people who have a knowledge and understanding of social security issues, and who will take an active part in the work of the Tribunal.

• How do I apply?

An information pack and further information about the functions of the Tribunal are available from the Secretary to the Appointments Commission, c/o Government Office, Bucks Road, DOUGLAS. (Tel : 686266 Email :

If you are interested in applying you should contact the Secretary of the Appointments Commission to request an application form. Completed application forms should reach the Secretary by 3rd September 2007. Late applications may be accepted by the Appointments Commission only at its discretion.


* The Appointments Commission is an independent body established under the Tribunals Act 2006 and appointed by the Council of Ministers. The Commission makes appointments to panels of all the statutory Appeals Tribunals and other bodies covered by the Tribunals Act 2006.

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