You can ask for a backdate if there is a reason that you did not apply for benefit earlier. You will need to tell us the reasons so that we can make a decision based on your circumstances about whether to allow a backdate.
If we allow a backdate, it can be paid for a maximum period of:
You can ask for a backdate when you are completing a new application form or in writing, you need to include:
If you disagree with the date your claim starts for another reason you will need to make an appeal.