Section 23: Notice of decisions
100.This section provides that the Board are obliged to give notice of a decision to any person to whom the decision relates. The section also provides that the notice must state the date of the decision and details of any right of appeal against it (under section 38)
101.However, subsection (3) provides that the Board need not give notice, or further notice, of a decision made under section 14(1) or 18(1) or (6) on the basis of a declaration made or treated as made under section 17, provided that the claimant has, or claimants have, already been given proper notice of what the decision would be and when it would be made. Where the Board issue a notice under section 17(1) informing the claimant(s) that, in accordance with section 17(2)(b), (4)(b) and (where relevant) (6)(b), they will be treated as having confirmed the information in the notice unless they correct that information by a certain date, it will be possible for the Board to tell the claimant(s), at the time they issue the notice, what their decision about final entitlement will be, and when it will be taken, in the absence of such a correction being made. The Board will also be able to tell the claimant(s), at that time, what their decision under section 14 in respect of the award for the coming year will be in the absence of such a correction. Similarly, the Board may be able to tell the claimant, either at the time the notice is issued under section 17(1) or at the time they make their initial decision about final entitlement under section 18(1), what their decision under section 18(6) will be, and when it will be made, in the event that any estimates are not corrected by the specified date.