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Policy 5 - Backdating Payments

Type of document: Policies
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Published: July 8, 2022

Owner: ILF Scotland
Subject: Backdating payments
Version: 3.0       
Last Amended:  08 July 2022
Next Review Date: 31 March 2023

1 Background

This policy sets out the principles relating to the backdating of ILF Scotland payments. It applies to all requests to backdate funding. 

In all cases, other than those resulting from an ILF Scotland error, ILF Scotland will only agree to backdate payments where the payments do not result in a breach of the recipient’s Group Maximum Sum (see Policy 20 – ILF Scotland Payments).

2 Backdated Increases in Payments

We can backdate payments in line with the following principles: 

  • ILF Scotland can normally backdate payments by up to four weeks from the date it receives notification from a recipient or award manager of a reasonable increase in care / support costs.  It may consider backdating further on a discretionary and exceptional basis.
  • ILF Scotland will not normally backdate increased care and support costs for more than four weeks where providers of care and support inform recipients of a retrospective increase of more than four weeks.  ILF Scotland expects providers of care and support to notify recipients of any increase in cost in advance of the date of the increase, except in very exceptional circumstances.
  • ILF Scotland is unable to fund costs that should be funded by a HSCP/Trust or reimburse it for payments it has already made.

3 Payment on Receipt of Invoice

When a recipient makes a payment ‘on receipt of invoice’, ILF Scotland can backdate for the relevant period that the invoice(s) covers, subject to the limitations detailed in Section 2.

4 Reimbursement to Health & Social Care Partnerships (HSCP)/Trusts

If a recipient requests funding which appears to be for the reimbursement of costs already met by the HSCP/Trust, ILF Scotland will investigate and will not reimburse the recipient if it knows that the recipient intends to forward the payment, in full or in part, to the HSCP/Trust to meet their costs. 

5 Emergency Care

Emergency care is the statutory responsibility of a HSCP/Trust. Where a HSCP/Trust provided support on an urgent or emergency basis ILF Scotland will not reimburse these costs.

6 Rectifying ILF Scotland Errors

If ILF Scotland identifies an error, or receives a request for a backdated payment to rectify a previous ILF Scotland error, it will verify this and automatically correct the error and award any backdated payment.  ILF Scotland staff will notify the senior management team of all errors and the.  If the request for backdating relates to an error that took place over 6 months before receiving the request, ILF Scotland’s senior management team must make any decision to backdate.

7 Cross References

Policy 20    ILF Scotland Payments
Policy 24   Statutory Input

8 History Date Reviewed

Version 1:  01 July 2015
Version 2: 24 March 2021
Version 3:  08 July 2022

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