§ Mr. Andrew Smith
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services who will comprise the review panels on the social fund.
§ Mr. Scott
The social fund has a two-tier review process. First, an applicant who is dissatisfied with the decision on his application may apply to the social fund officer in the DHSS local office for a review of that decision. If the social fund officer is unable to change the decision in favour of the applicant the review will always be determined by an assistant manager in the local office. If the applicant remains dissatisfied he will be able to apply for a further review by an independent social fund inspector based outside the local office. The appointment and management of social fund inspectors will be a matter for the independent social fund commissioner who has yet to be appointed.