When a disability allowance (DA) application is being awarded and the person was in receipt of another social welfare payment there are a number of necessary administrative steps which must be completed before arrears are issued.
In these cases, once the first payment of DA has been issued, there will be inter-scheme adjustment required to reconcile overlapping benefit periods. In other cases the amount due to the person concerned may need to take account of an outstanding debt owing to the department. Once these calculations have been made, the final arrears due can be established and paid.
Due to the above reasons the current number of cases awaiting arrears stands at 1,042.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.