Where a customer commences to receive payment some time after entitlement begins, or the rate of payment is increased retrospectively, she or he may be entitled to arrears of payment. Payment of arrears is made either by the selected ongoing payment method or by cheque. Cheques are issued direct to the person's home address or, in the case of Maternity Benefit where payment is being made to the employer, to the place of employment. An arrears payment is generally issued within 3 weeks of the date of the decision on entitlement. However, this time span can be longer where the amount of any other social welfare payment has to be deducted from gross arrears due.