Reforming Social Security Appeal Tribunals in Northern Ireland: Parity whether we Leggatt or not?

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This article aims to consider the extent to which the reform of social security appeal tribunals in Northern Ireland must take account of long standing parity arrangements between the social security systems of Northern Ireland and Great Britain. The article contextualises this discussion within broader reform processes in public administration in Northern Ireland and tribunal reform across the UK, and seeks to draw on lessons learned here as a means of considering potential options for the reform of social security appeal tribunals in Northern Ireland.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-99
JournalJournal of Social Security Law
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 2010

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  • Northern Ireland
  • social security appeal tribunals


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