We can sometimes backdate the start of your benefit (but not education benefits) up to one month before the date you claimed. This is not a conclusive list and you will be expected to explain your reasons fully and provide supporting evidence.If you have not yet applied for Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Support you can request backdating your benefits on the application form by telling us why you have delayed making a claim.If you have any income (including any student finance) and/or capital over £6000, there is likely to be deductions from this amount.The decision letter will explain how your ESA has been calculated. The general principle is that you cannot be paid benefit from before DWP received your claim, though there are some situations where backdating is possible.Pension age customers are those who have reached the qualifying age for State Pension Credit.Check your state pension age to check the date you may be entitled to start receiving Pension Credit.
Also, I'm not sure whether this question is too specific but I thought I'd try asking anyway! Will my first payment be £57.35 or will it be my back payment?Thanks @slipmaster @nukecad @Flymo for all of your responses they're a great help :) I'm currently on higher rate mobility and my disability deteriorated in March - hence the backdate, I do have medical evidence to support this which I sent [email protected] when I spoke to the benefits enquiry line they said there was no limit and I found this whilst researching ...Employment and Support Allowance can be backdated for up to three months before the date of claim if you would have been entitled to it earlier, for example you have had a health condition that meant you were unable to work. Which is what I was told by the lady at the DWP and as I provided medical evidence she said it should be sufficient :)Regulation 19 and Schedule 4 of The Social Security (Claims and Payments) Regulations 1987 (SI 1987/1968) (as amended) set the time limit for backdating of ESA to three months before the date of claim. As your own quote says: Employment and Support Allowance can be backdated for up to three months before the date of claim if you would have been entitled to it earlier, for example you have had a health condition that meant you were unable to work. The people on the DWP phone lines are relatively poorly trained and sometimes get the law wrong - you are far from the first person to come onto these forums having been given incorrect advice on a DWP phone line.Whatever your doctor puts on the 'fit note' will not exempt you from assessment (ESA50 questionnaire, possible face to face assessment).The personal allowance for Income Related ESA for a single person under 25 is £57.35 per week, though this is means tested.