'exceptions to the Backdating of Benefits

Orders of the Day — Social Security Bill – in the House of Commons at 9:45 pm on 10th December 1997.

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All Benefits

1. The backdating of benefits for a period longer than one month may be allowed for—

  1. (a) cases where entitlement to benefit is dependent on the claimant's, or another person's entitlement to another benefit; and
  2. (b) Family Credit and Disability Working Allowance claims, where a previous claim to Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance has been refused because the claimant or partner is in remunerative work and the Family Credit or Disability Working Allowance Claim is made within 14 days of the determination on the Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance claim.

Income Related Benefits

2. The backdating of income related benefits for a period no longer than one month may be allowed for—

  1. (a) claimants who have difficulty communicating because of learning, language or literacy difficulties;
  2. (b) claimants who are deaf or blind for whom there is no one else to make their claim;
  3. (c) claimants who are ill or disabled for whom there is no one else to make their claim, except in the case of a claim for Jobseeker's Allowance;
  4. (d) claimants who were given misleading information by an officer of the Department of Social Security or of the Department for Education and Employment;
  5. (e) claimants who were given misleading advice in writing by a solicitor or other professional adviser, or by a medical practitioner, a Local Authority or by a person working in a Citizens Advice Bureau or a similar advice agency;
  6. (f) claimants who have been given misleading information in writing about their income or capital by their employer or former employer, or by a bank or building society;
  7. (g) claimants who are required to deal with a domestic emergency affecting them, for whom there is no one else to make the claim; and
  8. (h) claimants who are prevented from attending the appropriate office by adverse weather conditions.

Delayed Claims

3. The backdating of income related benefits for a period no longer than one month may be allowed in cases where claimants are forced to delay claiming because—

  1. (a) the appropriate office, where the claimant would be expected to make a claim, was unable to provide a service and alternative arrangements were not available;
  2. (b) the claimant was unable to attend the appropriate office due to difficulties with his normal mode of transport and there was no reasonable alternative available;
  3. (c) there were adverse postal conditions;
  4. (d) the claimant was previously in receipt of another benefit, and notification of expiry of entitlement to that benefit was not sent to the claimant before the date that his entitlement expired;
  5. (e) for Family Credit or Disability Working Allowance the claimant had previously been entitled to Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance and the claim for Family Credit or Disability Working Allowance was made within one month of expiry of entitlement to the previous benefit;
  6. (f) for Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance the claimant had previously been entitled to Family Credit or Disability Working Allowance and the claim for Income Support or Jobseeker's Allowance was made within one month of expiry of entitlement to the previous benefit;
  7. (g) the claimant recently separated from his partner; or
  8. (h) a close relative of the claimant recently died.


4. Refugees may be allowed, where the Secretary of State thinks it appropriate to claim backdated awards of Income Support, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit to the date of the asylum application.

Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Maternity

5. Claims for Incapacity Benefit, Severe Disablement Allowance and Maternity Allowance may be allowed to be backdated if employers delay in notifying the claimants that they had no entitlement to Statutory Sick Pay or Statutory Maternity Pay.

Further Exceptions

6. Further exceptions may be allowed in such cases or circumstances as may be prescribed.—[Mr. Waterson.]

Brought up, and read the First time.

Motion made, and Question put, That the schedule be read a Second time:—

The House divided: Ayes 192, Noes 374.

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Ainsworth, Peter (E Surrey)Beresford, Sir Paul
Amess, DavidBlunt, Crispin
Ancram, Rt Hon MichaelBody, Sir Richard
Arbuthnot, JamesBoswell, Tim
Ashdown, Rt Hon PaddyBottomley, Peter (Worthing W)
Atkinson, David (Bour'mth E)Bottomley, Rt Hon Mrs Virginia
Atkinson, Peter (Hexham)Brady, Graham
Baker, NormanBrake, Tom
Ballard, Mrs JackieBrand, Dr Peter
Beggs, RoyBrazier, Julian
Beith, Rt Hon A JBreed, Colin
Bercow, JohnBrooke, Rt Hon Peter
Browning, Mrs AngelaKirkbride, Miss Julie
Bruce, Ian (S Dorset)Kirkwood, Archy
Bruce, Malcolm (Gordon)Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Burnett, JohnLait, Mrs Jacqui
Burns, SimonLansley, Andrew
Burstow, PaulLeigh, Edward
Butterfill, JohnLetwin, Oliver
Cable, Dr VincentLewis, Dr Julian (New Forest E)
Campbell, Menzies (NE Fife)Lidington, David
Cash, WilliamLilley, Rt Hon Peter
Chapman, Sir Sydney (Chipping Barnet)Livsey, Richard
Lloyd, Rt Hon Sir Peter (Fareham)
Chidgey, DavidLoughton, Tim
Chope, ChristopherLuff, Peter
Clappison, JamesLyell, Rt Hon Sir Nicholas
Clark, Rt Hon Alan (Kensington)McIntosh, Miss Anne
Clark, Dr Michael (Rayleigh)MacKay, Andrew
Clarke, Rt Hon Kenneth (Rushcliffe)Maclean, Rt Hon David
Maclennan, Rt Hon Robert
Clifton-Brown, GeoffreyMcLoughlin, Patrick
Collins, TimMadel, Sir David
Colvin, MichaelMajor, Rt Hon John
Cormack, Sir PatrickMalins, Humfrey
Cotter, BrianMaples, John
Davey, Edward (Kingston)Maude, Rt Hon Francis
Davies, Quentin (Grantham)Mawhinney, Rt Hon Sir Brian
Davis, Rt Hon David (Haltemprice)May, Mrs Theresa
Day, StephenMichie, Mrs Ray (Argyll & Bute)
Donaldson, JeffreyMoore, Michael
Dorrell, Rt Hon StephenMoss, Malcolm
Duncan, AlanNicholls, Patrick
Duncan Smith, IainNorman, Archie
Evans, NigelOaten, Mark
Faber, DavidÖpik, Lembit
Fabricant, MichaelOttaway, Richard
Fallon, MichaelPage, Richard
Fearn, RonniePaice, James
Flight, HowardPaisley, Rev Ian
Forsythe, CliffordPaterson, Owen
Forth, Rt Hon EricPickles, Eric
Foster, Don (Bath)Prior, David
Fowler, Rt Hon Sir NormanRandall, John
Fox, Dr LiamRedwood, Rt Hon John
Fraser, ChristopherRendel, David
Garnier, EdwardRobathan, Andrew
George, Andrew (St Ives)Robertson, Laurence (Tewk'b'ry)
Gibb, NickRoss, William (E Lond'y)
Gill, ChristopherRowe, Andrew (Faversham)
Gillan, Mrs CherylRuffley, David
Gorman, Mrs TeresaRussell, Bob (Colchester)
Gorrie, DonaldSt Aubyn, Nick
Gray, JamesSanders, Adrian
Green, DamianSayeed, Jonathan
Greenway, JohnShephard, Rt Hon Mrs Gillian
Grieve, DominicShepherd, Richard
Hague, Rt Hon WilliamSimpson, Keith (Mid-Norfolk)
Hamilton, Rt Hon Sir ArchieSmith, Sir Robert (W Ab'd'ns)
Hammond, PhilipSmyth, Rev Martin (Belfast S)
Harris, Dr EvanSoames, Nicholas
Hawkins, NickSpelman, Mrs Caroline
Hayes, JohnSpicer, Sir Michael
Heald, OliverSpring, Richard
Heath, David (Somerton & Frome)Steen, Anthony
Heathcoat-Amory, Rt Hon DavidStreeter, Gary
Horam, JohnStunell, Andrew
Howard, Rt Hon MichaelSwayne, Desmond
Howarth, Gerald (Aldershot)Syms, Robert
Hunter, AndrewTapsell, Sir Peter
Jack, Rt Hon MichaelTaylor, Ian (Esher & Walton)
Jenkin, BernardTaylor, John M (Solihull)
Johnson Smith, Rt Hon Sir GeoffreyTaylor, Matthew (Truro)
Taylor, Sir Teddy
Jones, Nigel (Cheltenham)Thompson, William
Keetch, PaulTonge, Dr Jenny
Kennedy, Charles (Ross Skye)Townend, John
Key, RobertTredinnick, David
Trend, MichaelWiddecombe, Rt Hon Miss Ann
Tyler, PaulWilkinson, John
Tyrie, AndrewWilletts, David
Viggers, PeterWillis, Phil
Wallace, JamesWinterton, Mrs Ann (Congleton)
Walter, RobertWinterton, Nicholas (Macclesfield)
Walter, RobertWoodward, Shaun
Wardle, CharlesYoung, Rt Hon Sir George
Waterson, Nigel
Webb, SteveTellers for the Ayes:
Wells, BowenMr. John Whittingdale and
Whitney, Sir RaymondMr. James Cran.
Abbott, Ms DianeChisholm, Malcolm
Adams, Mrs Irene (Paisley N)Church, Ms Judith
Ainger, NickClark, Rt Hon Dr David (S Shields)
Ainsworth, Robert (Cov'try NE)Clark, Dr Lynda (Edinburgh Pentlands)
Alexander, Douglas
Allen, GrahamClark, Paul (Gillingham)
Anderson, Donald (Swansea E)Clarke, Charles (Norwich S)
Anderson, Janet (Rossendale)Clarke, Rt Hon Tom (Coatbridge)
Armstrong, Ms HilaryClarke, Tony (Northampton S)
Ashton, JoeClelland, David
Atherton, Ms CandyClwyd, Ann
Atkins, CharlotteCoaker, Vernon
Austin, JohnCoffey, Ms Ann
Banks, TonyCohen, Harry
Barnes, HarryColeman, Iain
Barron, KevinColman, Tony
Battle, JohnConnarty, Michael
Bayley, HughCook, Frank (Stockton N)
Beard, NigelCooper, Yvette
Beckett, Rt Hon Mrs MargaretCorbett, Robin
Begg, Miss AnneCorbyn, Jeremy
Bell, Stuart (Middlesbrough)Corston, Ms Jean
Benn, Rt Hon TonyCranston, Ross
Bennett, Andrew FCrausby, David
Benton, JoeCryer, Mrs Ann (Keighley)
Bermingham, GeraldCryer, John (Hornchurch)
Best, HaroldCummings, John
Betts, CliveCunliffe, Lawrence
Blackman, LizCunningham, Rt Hon Dr John (Copeland)
Blair, Rt Hon Tony
Blears, Ms HazelDalyell, Tam
Blizzard, BobDarling, Rt Hon Alistair
Blunkett, Rt Hon DavidDarvill, Keith
Boateng, PaulDavidson, Ian
Borrow, DavidDavies, Rt Hon Denzil (Llanelli)
Bradley, Keith (Withington)Davies, Geraint (Croydon C)
Bradley, Peter (The Wrekin)Davies, Rt Hon Ron (Caerphilly)
Bradshaw, BenDawson, Hilton
Brinton, Mrs HelenDenham, John
Brown, Rt Hon Gordon (Dunfermline E)Dewar, Rt Hon Donald
Dismore, Andrew
Brown, Rt Hon Nick (Newcastle E)Dobbin, Jim
Brown, Russell (Dumfries)Dobson, Rt Hon Frank
Browne, DesmondDoran, Frank
Buck, Ms KarenDrew, David
Burden, RichardEagle, Angela (Wallasey)
Burgon, ColinEagle, Maria (L'pool Garston)
Butler, Mrs ChristineEdwards, Huw
Byers, StephenEfford, Clive
Caborn, RichardEllman, Mrs Louise
Campbell, Alan (Tynemouth)Ennis, Jeff
Campbell, Mrs Anne (C'bridge)Etherington, Bill
Campbell, Ronnie (Blyth V)Fatchett, Derek
Campbell-Savours, DaleField, Rt Hon Frank
Canavan, DennisFisher, Mark
Cann, JamieFitzpatrick, Jim
Caplin, IvorFitzsimons, Lorna
Casale, RogerFlint, Caroline
Caton, MartinFollett, Barbara
Cawsey, IanFoster, Rt Hon Derek
Chapman, Ben (Wirral S)Foster, Michael Jabez (Hastings)
Chaytor, DavidFoster, Michael J (Worcester)
Foulkes, GeorgeKennedy, Jane (Wavertree)
Fyfe, MariaKhabra, Piara S
Galbraith, SamKidney, David
Galloway, GeorgeKilfoyle, Peter
Gapes, MikeKing, Andy (Rugby & Kenilworth)
Gardiner, BarryKumar, Dr Ashok
George, Bruce (Walsall S)Ladyman, Dr Stephen
Gerrard, NeilLawrence, Ms Jackie
Gibson, Dr IanLaxton, Bob
Gilroy, Mrs LindaLepper, David
Godman, Norman ALeslie, Christopher
Godsiff, RogerLevitt, Tom
Goggins, PaulLewis, Ivan (Bury S)
Golding, Mrs LlinLewis, Terry (Worsley)
Grant, BernieLiddell, Mrs Helen
Griffiths, Jane (Reading E)Linton, Martin
Griffiths, Nigel (Edinburgh S)Livingstone, Ken
Griffiths, Win (Bridgend)Lloyd, Tony (Manchester C)
Grocott, BruceLock, David
Grogan, JohnLove, Andrew
Gunnell, JohnMcAllion, John
Hain, PeterMcAvoy, Thomas
Hall, Mike (Weaver Vale)McCabe, Steve
Hall, Patrick (Bedford)McCartney, Ian (Makerfield)
Hamilton, Fabian (Leeds NE)McCartney, Robert (N Down)
Hanson, DavidMcDonagh, Siobhain
Harman, Rt Hon Ms HarrietMacdonald, Calum
Heal, Mrs SylviaMcDonnell, John
Healey, JohnMcFall, John
Henderson, Doug (Newcastle N)McGuire, Mrs Anne
Henderson, Ivan (Harwich)McIsaac, Shona
Hepburn, StephenMcKenna, Mrs Rosemary
Heppell, JohnMcLeish, Henry
Hesford, StephenMcNulty, Tony
Hewitt, Ms PatriciaMacShane, Denis
Hill, KeithMactaggart, Fiona
Hinchliffe, DavidMcWalter, Tony
Hodge, Ms MargaretMcWilliam, John
Hoey, KateMahon, Mrs Alice
Home Robertson, JohnMallaber, Judy
Hood, JimmyMandelson, Peter
Hoon, GeoffreyMarek, Dr John
Hope, PhilMarsden, Gordon (Blackpool S)
Hopkins, KelvinMarsden, Paul (Shrewsbury)
Howarth, Alan (Newport E)Marshall, David (Shettleston)
Howarth, George (Knowsley N)Marshall, Jim (Leicester S)
Howells, Dr KimMartlew, Eric
Hoyle, LindsayMaxton, John
Hughes, Ms Beverley (Stretford)Meale, Alan
Hughes, Kevin (Doncaster N)Merron, Gillian
Humble, Mrs JoanMichael, Alun
Hurst, AlanMichie, Bill (Shef'ld Heeley)
Hutton, JohnMilburn, Alan
Iddon, Dr BrianMiller, Andrew
Illsley, EricMoffatt, Laura
Ingram, AdamMoonie, Dr Lewis
Jackson, Ms Glenda (Hampstead)Moran, Ms Margaret
Jackson, Helen (Hillsborough)Morgan, Ms Julie (Cardiff N)
Jenkins, BrianMorgan, Rhodri (Cardiff W)
Johnson, Alan (Hull W & Hessle)Morley, Elliot
Johnson, Miss Melanie (Welwyn Hatfield)Morris, Ms Estelle (B'ham Yardley)
Morris, Rt Hon John (Aberavon)
Jones, Barry (Alyn & Deeside)Mowlam, Rt Hon Marjorie
Jones, Mrs Fiona (Newark)Mudie, George
Jones, Helen (Warrington N)Mullin, Chris
Jones, Ms Jenny (Wolverh'ton SW)Murphy, Denis (Wansbeck)
Murphy, Jim (Eastwood)
Jones, Jon Owen (Cardiff C)Murphy, Paul (Torfaen)
Jones, Dr Lynne (Selly Oak)Naysmith, Dr Doug
Jones, Martyn (Clwyd S)Norris, Dan
Jowell, Ms TessaO'Brien, Bill (Normanton)
Kaufman, Rt Hon GeraldO'Brien, Mike (N Warks)
Keeble, Ms SallyOlner, Bill
Keen, Alan (Feltham & Heston)O'Neill, Martin
Kelly, Ms RuthOrgan, Mrs Diana
Kemp, FraserOsborne, Ms Sandra
Palmer, Dr NickSmith, Llew (Blaenau Gwent)
Pearson, IanSnape, Peter
Pendry, TomSoley, Clive
Perham, Ms LindaSouthworth, Ms Helen
Pickthall, ColinSpellar, John
Pike, Peter LSquire, Ms Rachel
Plaskitt, JamesStarkey, Dr Phyllis
Pond, ChrisSteinberg, Gerry
Pope, GregStevenson, George
Pound, StephenStewart, David (Inverness E)
Powell, Sir RaymondStewart, Ian (Eccles)
Prentice, Ms Bridget (Lewisham E)Stinchcombe, Paul
Prentice, Gordon (Pendle)Stoate, Dr Howard
Primarolo, DawnStott, Roger
Purchase, KenStrang, Rt Hon Dr Gavin
Quin, Ms JoyceStringer, Graham
Quinn, LawrieStuart, Ms Gisela
Radice, GilesSutcliffe, Gerry
Rammell, BillTaylor, Rt Hon Mrs Ann (Dewsbury)
Rapson, Syd
Raynsford, NickTaylor, Ms Dari (Stockton S)
Reed, Andrew (Loughborough)Temple-Morris, Peter
Reid, Dr John (Hamilton N)Thomas, Gareth (Clwyd W)
Robertson, Rt Hon George (Hamilton S)Thomas, Gareth R (Harrow W)
Timms, Stephen
Robinson, Geoffrey (Cov'try NW)Tipping, Paddy
Roche, Mrs BarbaraTouhig, Don
Rogers, AllanTrickett, Jon
Rooker, JeffTruswell, Paul
Rooney, TerryTurner, Dennis (Wolverh'ton SE)
Ross, Ernie (Dundee W)Turner, Desmond (Kemptown)
Rowlands, TedTurner, Dr George (NW Norfolk)
Roy, FrankTwigg, Derek (Halton)
Ruane, ChrisTwigg, Stephen (Enfield)
Ruddock, Ms JoanVaz, Keith
Russell, Ms Christine (Chester)Vis, Dr Rudi
Ryan, Ms JoanWareing, Robert N
Savidge, MalcolmWatts, David
Sawford, PhilWhite, Brian
Sedgemore, BrianWhitehead, Dr Alan
Shaw, JonathanWicks, Malcolm
Sheerman, BarryWills, Michael
Sheldon, Rt Hon RobertWilson, Brian
Shipley, Ms DebraWinnick, David
Short, Rt Hon ClareWinterton, Ms Rosie (Doncaster C)
Simpson, Alan (Nottingham S)Wise, Audrey
Singh, MarshaWood, Mike
Skinner, DennisWoolas, Phil
Smith, Rt Hon Andrew (Oxford E)Worthington, Tony
Smith, Angela (Basildon)Wright, Dr Tony (Cannock)
Smith, Rt Hon Chris (Islington S)Wyatt, Derek
Smith, Miss Geraldine (Morecambe & Lunesdale)
Tellers for the Noes:
Smith, Jacqui (Redditch)Mr. David Jamieson and
Smith, John (Glamorgan)Mr. Jim Dowd.

Question accordingly negatived.