Backdating job seekers allowance

If you have notified us of a change in your circumstances, our aim is to amend your benefit claim within 1 calendar month.If you disagree with our decision and have asked us to look at it again, we will respond within 28 days.Pensioners do not have to make a request in writing or have 'good cause'.We automatically consider their entitlement for 3 months before their date of claim.If you think you have a good reason for making a claim late, you should tell us in writing straight away.You must tell us the period you want to backdate your benefit for and tell us why your claim is late.A backdate request must be made in writing on either the benefit claim form or in a letter.There has to be a good reason why your claim is late. Good cause must be continuous for the period you want backdated benefit.

You will receive a bill showing any amount you have to pay after benefit has been awarded.If you qualify for Housing Benefit we usually pay it from the Monday after we receive your claim.Sometimes we can pay benefit before the date you claim. The law says that we can backdate a Housing Benefit claim for up to 1 month if you are of working age.Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is a form of unemployment benefit paid by the Government of the United Kingdom to people who are unemployed and actively seeking work.It is part of the social security benefits system and is intended to cover living expenses while the claimant is out of work.Not knowing that you could claim benefit earlier will not normally be considered as a good reason.


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