More information about YTAP


YTAP was set up in 2012 in response to the increasing number of welfare appeals since the introduction of The Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008, and the decreasing support for such appellants following the post-austerity reduction on welfare rights funding in the sector.


Our project assists in tribunal settings with appeals for ESA(UC) and PIP. We only assist with cases that concern descriptors (so we do not, for example, assist with appeals concerning capital rules or residence rules, etc).

We have assisted at hearings in Leeds, in Bradford, and at remote hearings.

Advice centres we have assisted

Welfare Rights Unit, Leeds City Council

Citizens Advice Leeds (formerly known as Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau)

Calderdale Citizens Advice (formerly known as ‘Improving Lives’)

Airewharfe Mental Health Services (Bradford Council)

Bradford and Airedale CAB and Bradford Law centre

Bradford South Advice – also known as “St Vincent’s” – CHAS - SVP

Chapeltown Citizens Advice Bureau

Craven Citizens Advice Bureau


Ebor Gardens Leeds

Equality Together (formerly Disability Advice Bradford)

Holmewood Outreach Advice Service


Ravenscliffe Advice Centre

Royds Advice Service

South Bradford Advice

Thorpe Edge Advice Service

Windhill Advice Centre, Shipley


Our founding member Mr Tom Royston is a barrister at Garden Court Chambers. He won a Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year award in 2017.

The project is currently overseen by Mr Sam Shipstone, a former Legal Services Commission (LSC) funded Welfare Rights worker and long time employee of Citizens Advice Leeds.

Our project has been featured in articles within the advice sector, including Adviser magazine issue 154, and has assisted to set up similar projects such as LTAP in Liverpool.