Carer's allowance
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Can carers allowance be backdated longer than 3 months (attendance allowance)

frank96frank96 Member Posts: 38 Connected
I was just filling out forms for carers allowance with my grandad who cares full time for his wife with dementia. My nan has been in receipt of attendance allowance for a year now and my grandad has cared for her for several but was unaware such benefits existed. Any chance the dwp will backdate from the start of the attendance allowance claim as we have put that as the date we wish the claim to start from?


  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger

    In this case no it can only be backdated for 3 months. This is because she's been claiming the AA for a year already. Do also be aware that the actual carers allowance can't be paid because it's classed as an overlapping benefit if a person's claiming state pension. They may have an underlying entitlement to it though.

    Also one other thing, if both your grandparents are claiming a qualifying benefit such as AA, DLA mid/high rate care or PIP daily living, if they have no other person over the age of 18 living with them then they will be entitled to claim severe disability premium in with pension credit. If your Grandfather claims Carer Allowance then it will affect the SDP.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,652 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @frank96, is there anything else we can do to help. :)
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