24 February 2015 11:39
Good Day everyone.
I am writing this blg to share a new process that is happening regarding the elimination of the Social Security Tribunal backlog.
There is a special unit that has been put in place that are reviewing the CPP legacy cases thave have been waiting to have their appeals heard at the SST. As you know, then Minister Kenney pledged to reduce the backlog by summertime - and this department in Gatineau, along with regional offices are working to sort through these files.
I think these appear to be just legacy cases at the moment - so this means - if you applied to have an appeal heard by the Review Tribunal and you were an existing appellant at the time of changeover - this will apply to you.
So the special unit is reviewing the appeal files and they are determining whether or not these files can be settled. That means - approved without a hearing. It was noted by the new minister in response to a question by Thomas Mulclair that the "special unit" is on track to have this backlog reduced by summer.
So what will happen, is that you may get a call from a CPP case-manager who will say that they are going to Propose a Settlement on your file. This means that the CPP are agreeing that you are disabled. As you know, there are two parties to the appeal - you and the CPP disability - so this call means that CPP disability has agreed that you are disabled and that you meet the legislative criteria.
Now what will happen is that you will get a letter stating that the agree you are disabled and indicating the date of onset of disability - you will need to check this out - to make sure it is correct- also you will get a Agreement to sign, as well as a Withdrawal Notice. The letters do explain why these documents need to be signed but if you are uncertain, give the CPP case manager a call.
This is good news for clients and I am happy that the people are finally getting these appeals sorted. Now just to add my two cents - I find it very disturbing that all of these appeals have sat and all of a sudden because of the heat the Feds have been receiving, that these Canadians are being approved - just like that. So many people have called my office recently in tears and shocked that this has happened, given that they had done everything previously to try and convince CPP disability that they were disabled only to be repeatedly denied. I still think the treatment of these people is nothing but a disgrace and I just think it is election optics. Do not forget what has happened to all of these people who have been devastated and bankrupted and even died while waiting for these appeals to be heard. Just my two cents people.
As I have said in my interview recently - the SST have touted that they have a 64 percent success rate - but this means that CPP disability got the decision wrong 64 out of 100 times. How is that good news?
Good luck to you all - I hope you get a call.