DWP have advised that in some cases, due to delays in processing applications, successful mandatory reconsiderations, successful appeals or official error, clients can become eligible to receive a large back payment of benefits. For the vast majority of clients, receiving a large arrears payment is not problematic and they can effectively manage the payment themselves, or with some third party support if needed. However, there is a very small minority of clients for whom these payments may pose a potential risk for example, where having large sums of money at any one time might lead to harmful behaviour which could have tragic consequences.
The aim of this approach would be to reduce the possibility of this happening in cases involving some of the most vulnerable clients.
The approach is in line with Scottish Social Security principles to respect the dignity of individuals and the client's right to choose.