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Benefit Backdating

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

20. To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people who will be affected by and (b) the financial effects of reducing the backdating period for pension credit, housing benefit and council tax benefit. (227693)

The Department published an Equality Impact Assessment in respect of the proposed changes to the time for claiming pension credit from 12 months to three months. The report is available on the Department for Work and Pensions website. The financial effects of the changes to the backdating rules are included in the Command Paper which was laid in Parliament alongside the Regulations on 15 September.