HC Deb 31 March 1998 vol 309 c484W
Mr. Öpik

To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what assessment she has made of the amount of money that will not be claimed as a result of the change in backdating benefits following a successful appeal; and if she will make a statement. [36088]

Mr. Denham

The backdating proposals in Clause 72 of the Social Security Bill will not affect arrears of benefit following a successful appeal on a claim for that benefit. The change affects only the period before a claim is made or treated as made. A claim for benefit will have been made before decisions on that claim can be appealed.

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