This is a very interesting article from a former Social Security Tribunal member. I had said some time ago that the disbandment of the previous Review Tribunal and the Pension Appeals Board reflected a huge brain drain of experienced tribunal members who completely understood the legislative tenants of Canada Pension Plan disability benefits. I do not know who this ex-tribunal member is - but I would like to extend my appreciation for speaking out and that doing so was a very honourable thing to do. Thank you.
In recent documents reviewed by this office, it indicated the level of training the new Social Security Tribunal members received upon appointment with most of them receiving only ten days of training. I find this very disappointing. These are complex cases with detailed medical evidence to review and assimulate with the rules.
Okay this is now at least ten or more news articles about the Social Security Tribunal - and I have been privy to all of the documentation that has been collected in order to support these stories. It is real and really happening.
This week I attended a Social Security Tribunal - client appeal number was 116XXX. The appeal was heard before a prior Review Tribunal member and I thought it went well. It was an in-person hearing. The tribunal member was very prepared and did a good job running the hearing. Interestingly, this tribunal member was a prior member of the old appeal system and had the level of experience to run the hearing (just my opinion given my experience).