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On the Radar: The right to appeal a decision about social assistance

The provincial government has said that it plans to make changes to social assistance programs. Advocates worry about what these changes might be. So more than ever, people need to know what rights they have if they disagree with a decision about Ontario Works (OW) or the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP).

This month’s On the Radar talks about appeal rights and the appeal process. CLEO’s Steps to Justice has more detailed information about OWand ODSP appeals.

Steps in the appeal process

There are a number of steps to follow if someone does not agree with a decision about social assistance.

A person may be able to appeal a decision to the Social Benefits Tribunal (SBT):

  • refusing to give them social assistance

  • reducing the amount of assistance they get

  • cutting off their assistance

The SBT is not part of OW or ODSP and has the power to make a different decision.

Read more: On the Radar: The right to appeal a decision about social assistance

First published at http://yourlegalrights.on.ca/news/radar-right-appeal-decision-about-social-assistance

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