Backdating attendance allowance
I've recently made a claim for carer's allowance as I have been looking after an elderly lady who lives near me (she does have family but for some reason they don't bother with her).I've known her years so for me it's absolutely fine although time consuming.If you give care to someone for at least 35 hours a week, you might be eligible for Carer's Allowance.You can make a claim online or use a downloadable form.Awarded Attendance Allowance (this payment is already up and running).Informed pension department who sent out short questionnaire to claim SDP on top of pension credit already being paid.This is not merely discretionary money that does not matter. The clause introduces restrictions on the backdating of housing benefit, reducing it for the first time from one year to one month.
I've just been looking at the Carer's FAQ and it says that money can be backdated for up to three months, on the form it said something like "If approved of carer's allowance, when do you want to start claiming from".
You can also ask them to reconsider their decision.
If you're still unhappy with their decision, you can appeal in most cases.
It takes an extra £60 million from the poorest households in the country, penalises them for ignorance of the system, takes £14 million off pensioners and takes £18 million from disabled people.
The losers include 100,000 people on income support.
They removed the idea of good cause and restricted backdating to a maximum of three months.