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Disability Living Allowance

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what guidance his Department issues on the backdating of disability living allowance claims; and whether any review of such guidelines is planned.

Photo of Maria Miller Maria Miller The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

There can be no entitlement to disability living allowance before a claim is made, or treated as made. A claim may be treated as made earlier in certain circumstances where a request has previously been made for a claim form, or the initial contact was defective as a claim to benefit. These exceptions are explained in published guidance.

There are no plans to review guidelines relating to how claims are backdated in DLA.

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