On 10 December 2018 the person concerned was awarded disability allowance (DA) at full rate with effect from 3 January 2018 following a review of her means.
During the period 3 January 2018 to 16 August 2018 an increase was paid to her separated spouse for her benefit. Consequently, the amount of social welfare already paid required calculation and was deducted from any arrears due. A person cannot receive two social welfare payments consecutively in any one period.
I trust this clarifies the matter for the Deputy.