Backdating job seekers allowance claim

However, if the person you look after is living alone and receives a means-tested benefit, your claim for Carer's Allowance may affect their means-tested benefits.You can still make the claim for Carer's Allowance, but should think carefully about the implications before you do.In Northern Ireland, you automatically get two monthly payments, but can ask to be moved to monthly payments and pay your rent directly to your landlord.Find out more about Universal Credit in Scotland Find out more about Universal Credit in Northern Ireland Universal Credit is available in all areas of the UK but there are different ways to claim, depending on whether you live in a live service area or a full service area.

Do this as soon as you can to avoid debts piling up.Carer's Allowance can usually only be backdated for a maximum of three months if you claim it within three months of a decision to award a qualifying benefit to the person you care for.You must specifically request that your Carer's Allowance claim is backdated, and you must have satisfied all the rules for claiming Carer's Allowance during the backdating period.If you will really struggle to manage until your first payment you can ask for an advance payment from your work coach.