Accepted reasons for backdating job seekers allowance
Send your claim to us and provide the evidence later.
The rules about when we can backdate depend on whether or not you have reached the qualifying age for state pension credit.
If you are over pension credit age, the law requires us to automatically treat your claim for Housing Benefit as being made 3 months before we actually received your claim.
This would mean we can consider paying you for a period up to 3 months before the date we received your application form.
get maximum benefit - which is based on their eligible rent; Housing Benefit: Eligible Rent = Eligible Housing £55 per week A couple have no non-dependants. Their joint weekly income exceeds their applicable amount by £20.00. Claimants with excess income get maximum benefit minus a percentage of their excess income; Housing Benefit: Eligible Rent = £50.00 Minus 65% Of Excess Income (65% X £20.00) = £13.00 Equals Weekly Housing Benefit = £37.00 Further information on benefits is available at the Department for Work and Pensions Website to visit.
Housing Benefit is paid every four weeks, in most cases 4 weeks in arrears.
How long it takes to work out your claim depends on how quickly you send in all the information and how busy we are when you make your claim.
You will receive a bill showing any amount you have to pay after benefit has been awarded.
You can ask for a “written statement of reasons” to be sent to you, detailing the reasons for the decision.
To appeal decisions made after 28 October 2013, you must first contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in writing or by telephone to ask them to explain the decision you disagree with.
How do I raise an appeal against a decision made by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in relation to my benefits?
If they decide not to change the decision, or to change only part of it, they will phone you to explain.
How do I raise an appeal against a decision made by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in relation to my benefits? Can I have representation or an advisor at my appeal hearing? Secondly, you must ask for the decision to be reconsidered: this is called a “mandatory reconsideration.” At this stage, you should explain why you think the decision is wrong and show any evidence you have to support this.