This guide gives general information only and is not a complete statement of the law.
Most claims for Carer's Allowance can be backdated 3 months.
But only if you apply within 3 months of the date on the decision letter to award the benefit.
This date will be on the decision letter of the person you provide care for.
Attendance Allowance eligibility How much is Attendance Allowance?
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It isn't means tested and is available to anyone needing care at home or in a care home, as long as they meet the eligibility criteria.
It’s intended for: The allowance is usually paid every four weeks.
You can apply for Attendance Allowance under ‘special rules’ on behalf of someone else without their permission.You should claim from the date you began caring for the person for 35 hours a week or more.If the person you provide care for got their decision letter for 1 of the following benefits in the last 3 months, you can backdate your Carer's Allowance to the start date in the letter: Personal Independence Payment, Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or Armed Forces Independence Payment If the benefit has been backdated for more than 3 months, you can use that date for your Carer's Allowance application.But once it’s completed, it still needs to be printed, signed and sent to the address at the top of the form.If you’re applying on behalf of someone with a terminal illness who isn’t expected to live longer than six months, there are ‘special rules’ (see below) to ensure that they can get Attendance Allowance sooner than the usual 40 working days it takes to process the claim.
Despite its reputation of being difficult to fill in, there’s lots of guidance on the form and plenty of examples of the information the DWP is looking for.