Accepted reasons for backdating job seekers allowance

These decisions have to be accepted by the Jobcentre Plus, and you will not get any backdated benefit just because you did not know that you could make a claim, or you put off doing so.

If your reasons for a late claim are accepted, your Jobseekers’ Allowance may be backdated by a maximum of three months, depending on the reason you failed to claim earlier, and provided you met the entitlement conditions throughout the period of backdating. If you know, or believe, that you have been overpaid benefits, or if your circumstances change, you have a duty to tell the provider of your benefits (generally the Jobcentre Plus).

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? 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.

Can I get Employment Support Allowance (ESA) while I wait for my appeal hearing? The DWP will then send you two copies of the “mandatory decision notice” which will explain their reasons for changing or not changing the decisions.

To qualify for JSA, you (and your partner) must usually work less than 24 hours a week and must have £16,000 or less in savings. You do not need to provide a reason for making your claim later than you could have done.

By contrast, if you want to claim backdated Jobseekers’ Allowance, you have to have particular reasons such as having language difficulties, or having been given wrong advice which made you think you weren’t entitled to any money.You will have to explain why you are claiming backdated Jobseekers’ Allowance on your claim form. In certain circumstances, you may face a civil penalty or prosecution if you knowingly took benefits you were not entitled to.If the benefit provider has made a mistake in calculating your entitlement, they will usually get in touch with you to inform you of this.It is no longer possible for most people to make new claims for income-based Jobseeker's Allowance.You might be able to make a new claim for Jobseeker's Allowance if you are getting a Severe Disability Premium or are entitled to get it. UK website, go down the page and click on "Claim JSA online" Or phone Jobcentre Plus to make a claim: Contact your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office for a claim form If you are making a new claim for Income-related JSA because you are getting a Severe Disability Premium, you can call the specialist helpline: You will need to explain that you are getting a Severe Disability Premium and so cannot claim Universal Credit.You can make an individual claim or a joint claim with your partner, or spouse.


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