In recent weeks, the Department experienced some delays following the introduction of a new system for Illness Benefit. The change is part of a programme of modernisation in the Department which took effect from Monday 6th August. Some GPs have continued to use the old forms after this changeover date which the Department has, to date, continued to accept in the interest of paying our customers.
The claim from the person concerned has been processed and he is in receipt of his full entitlement under the Illness Benefit Scheme and any/all arrears owing to him have been issued.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.