HC Deb 15 May 1985 vol 79 cc161-2W
Mr. Body

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services in what circumstances a special exception is made to the general rule in awarding a disability pension from the date of the commencement of the period of the assessment, so that the disability pension may be back-dated to an earlier date.

Mr. Newton

Industrial injuries disablement pension cannot be paid for a period earlier than 90 days from the date of the accident or onset of the industrial disease. Where a claim is made more than 90 days after disablement occurred, payment may be back-dated if the claimant had a good reason for the delay, such as physical or mental incapacity or official misdirection.

War disablement pension is usually made from the date of the relevant claim or appeal. Special exception can be made and a payment from an earlier date considered only where the claimant had a good reason for the delay as described above.

If my hon. Friend has a particular case in mind, I should be happy to look into it for him.