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Arrears of Benefits Paid in Instalments

New Regulations - which take effect from 18th October 2021 and which replace previous guidance - enable the DWP, with the claimant’s consent, to stagger payments of benefit arrears rather than pay the whole amount as a lump sum, where it believes it is necessary to protect the interests of the claimant.


This will apply to arrears of:


England, Wales and Scotland:

Bereavement Support Payment

Employment and Support Allowance

Income Support

Jobseeker’s Allowance

Maternity Allowance

Pension Credit

Personal Independence Payment

Retirement Pension

State Pension

Universal Credit

Widowed Parent’s Allowance

Widow’s Benefit



England & Wales: 

Attendance Allowance

Carer’s Allowance

Disability Living Allowance

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Severe Disablement Allowance,

Social Fund Cold Weather Payments

Social Fund Funeral Payments

Social Fund Maternity Expenses

Social Fund Winter Fuel Payments


For Universal Credit and joint claim JSA, both claimants ie both members of a couple, will need to agree to the instalments - although only one needs to be at risk if paid as a lump sum.


Amending Regulations: Social Security Benefits (Claims and Payments) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 (SI.No.1065/2021) - click here