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Benefit cap Backdate

parthian
parthian Member Posts: 3 Listener
Hi i made a claim for PIP on 11/01/2021 for being diagnosed with Cancer and Brain Tumour. I was awarded PIP on 31/08/2021  Question is would Universal Credit backdate the Benefit cap as I was told from Local Council that you can claim this back by telling UC that your claim for PIP is accepted since 11/01/2021  ? I am not sure really .

My assessment from UC is 29th to 28th each month i have 3 kids and my partner works part Time 

Thank you in Advance

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  • parthian
    parthian Member Posts: 3 Listener
    p.s  i did provide two sick notes to UC one was for 3 months which expired in June and then i was given a 6 months which is still valid with UC
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    HI,

    Yes, they will backdate any money that's owed. Just leave a message on your journal under the payments section to tell them you've been awarded PIP and what date it was awarded from.
  • parthian
    parthian Member Posts: 3 Listener
    that's great  thank you for your quick reply, and one more question if i may would it be same case for the carer's allowance for my wife looking after me during time that i would have to add on the UC !
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 31,091 Disability Gamechanger
    Your wife doesn't have to claim Carers allowance to be entitled to the carers element of UC. Providing she doesn't claim the LCWRA element. There's no financial gain to claim carers allowance at the same time. Although carers allowance pays class 1 NI credits and UC pays class 3. Also with the carers allowance if your partner works there is an earnings limit of £128 per week.

    For the carers element, if they were aware that she was your carer then yes it can be backdated but if she didn't report this then there could be problems backdating it.
  • calcotti
    calcotti Member Posts: 6,281 Disability Gamechanger
    parthian said:
    that's great  thank you for your quick reply, and one more question if i may would it be same case for the carer's allowance for my wife looking after me during time that i would have to add on the UC !
    Do you mean Carer's Allowance or the carer element of UC? I assume the latter.
    Has you wife previously told them that she cares for you? If so there should be no difficulty getting the carer element added and backdated, if not they may refuse to backdate (but you can challenge that).
    Information I post is for England unless otherwise stated. Rules may be different in other parts of UK.

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