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EDM number 1317 in 1997-98, proposed by Harry Barnes on 13/05/1998.

That this House recognises that there is a variety of understandable and legitimate reasons why people do not always make claims for social security benefits on time, and that those who fall through the safety net endure hardship as they lose out on entitlement to the benefits they should have; strongly advises disability living allowance and attendance allowance claimants, in the light of the new restrictions on the period of time for which benefits can be backdated, to ask for a benefits check on their income and, where appropriate, to apply for income support at the same time as they apply for disability living allowance and/or attendance allowance; further recognises that, if income support entitlement is then denied but later reinstated, the backdating restrictions will not apply and that this procedure is a sensible safeguard to ensure that such claimants ultimately receive their full entitlement; and urges the Government to include a detailed examination of the new backdating of benefit rules in its Social Security Review so that the fairness of these provisions can be assessed along with proposed reforms to improve the delivery and effectiveness of the process of claiming benefits.

This motion has been signed by a total of 36 MPs.

Harry Barnes13/05/1998North East DerbyshireLabourProposed
Lynne Jones14/05/1998Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Paul Flynn14/05/1998Newport WestLabourSigned
John Cryer14/05/1998HornchurchLabourSigned
Bill Michie14/05/1998Sheffield, HeeleyLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner18/05/1998BolsoverLabourSigned
Lawrence Cunliffe18/05/1998LeighLabourSigned
Robert Wareing18/05/1998Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Ashok Kumar19/05/1998Middlesbrough South & East ClevelandLabourSigned
Ann Cryer19/05/1998KeighleyLabourSigned
Roseanna Cunningham19/05/1998PerthScottish National PartySigned
Hilton Dawson19/05/1998Lancaster & WyreLabourSigned
Maria Fyfe19/05/1998Glasgow, MaryhillLabourSigned
John Austin19/05/1998Erith & ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Norman Godman20/05/1998Greenock & InverclydeLabourSigned
Iain Coleman20/05/1998Hammersmith & FulhamLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell20/05/1998Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Kevin McNamara20/05/1998Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Gordon Marsden20/05/1998Blackpool SouthLabourSigned
Phil Sawford20/05/1998KetteringLabourSigned
Mark Oaten20/05/1998WinchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington21/05/1998Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
John Swinney21/05/1998North TaysideScottish National PartySigned
David Drew21/05/1998StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
Tom Cox21/05/1998TootingLabourSigned
Vincent Cable21/05/1998TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell21/05/1998Hayes & HarlingtonLabourSigned
Eric Illsley21/05/1998Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
John Cummings01/06/1998EasingtonLabourSigned
Huw Edwards01/06/1998MonmouthLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell01/06/1998Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Stinchcombe04/06/1998WellingboroughLabourSigned
Alan Simpson08/06/1998Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Ken Livingstone16/07/1998Brent EastLabourSigned
Terry Davis24/07/1998Birmingham, Hodge HillLabourSigned
Audrey Wise29/07/1998PrestonLabourSigned

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