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Tuesday, 28 September 1971
Page: 1608

Dr Everingham asked the Minister for Social Services, upon notice:

Will the Government review its practice of refusing lo grant retrospective payment of supplementary allowance when there is good reason for the delay in application and the evidence in support of the claim is reliable.

Mr Wentworth - The answer to the hon.honourable member's question is as follows:

The essential requirement for payment of supplementary assistance is that the pensioner pays rent and is entirely or substantially dependent on his pension. For a pensioner to establish . these points and indicate that he requires supplementary assistance be must first lodge an application for it. Generally the date of commencement is the pension ' pay-day after the receipt of the application as in the case of pensions. This procedure was adopted when supplementary assistance was introduced in 1958 and any variation is a matter of Government policy which will be considered at the appropriate time.

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