Reasons for backdating income support
You should get a decision on the day of the Tribunal. This appeal will only succeed if you can show the tribunal is incorrect in law. To help you do this, you must apply for a full statement of reasons to the Appeals Service within one month of getting your decision. You may be able to claim expenses to get to and from the Tribunal hearing and you may be able to get: If you are a working age customer it will be necessary for you to establish good cause for your backdate request.This means that you will have to give full explanations of the reasons why you did not submit your application at the time you wish your claim to be paid from.An official error is a mistake that the Benefits Service, the Department for Work and Pensions or Jobcentre Plus make and you could not reasonably be expected to know about.
This must be made within one calendar month starting from the day after the date of our letter telling you we have not backdated your claim.To request backdating either There is no formal definition of 'good cause', each case will be decided according to its own individual situation.There are no formal time limits on making a backdate request, but the maximum period that a benefit claim can be backdated is 6 months In order for a claim to be backdated we must be satisfied that: You will need to show continuous good cause for not claiming earlier and we must be satisfied that your circumstances, during this time were such that any reasonable person of your age and experience would also have failed to claim benefit.If the form is not returned in that time, the claim will start from the Monday after we get your claim form.Contact can be in person, by phone, email or in writing.
You will have to demonstrate good cause throughout the period for which you are requesting backdating. The burden of proving good cause rests with you as the customer, however, the Benefits Service will consider all of the relevant facts in each case.