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Pip backdated

ben22 Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited July 2019 in PIP, DLA, and AA
Hi all. New here so please go easy. I'm undergoing treatment for a grade 3 brain cancer and am getting pip. I've seen that a few people have had their pip backdated all the way to diagnosis even if the claim was put in a while afterward. Has anyone had that happen? Any advice much appreciated. 


  • wilko
    wilko Member Posts: 2,431 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2019
    @ben22, PIP is not about a diagnosis, disability or medical conditions, it about your abilities to preform the daily living activities known as the PIP descriptors. And preforming these in a safe and timely manner and repeatedly for 50% of your daily life. Receiving back dated PIP award payment is a new one to me.
  • cristobal
    cristobal Member Posts: 987 Disability Gamechanger
    edited July 2019
    @ben22 - I've never heard about that either but I'll monitor this post just in case I'm due 10 years back payments!

  • ben22
    ben22 Member Posts: 2 Listener
    I had someone from Macmillan nurses say they had a friend who's aa was backdated to diagnosis and I've seen somewhere online but nothing solid. I didnt get an answer from pip so I'll chase them up. 
  • benahan
    benahan Member Posts: 2 Listener
    95% sure that PIP is only ever backdated to the point of claim: assuming that these cases are situational and have been deemed appropriate under special circumstances I.e. terminal illness, severity of illness at the time of claim, diagnosis changes
  • poppy123456
    poppy123456 Member Posts: 24,800 Disability Gamechanger

    You definitely can’t have a benefit backdated before you claimed it, I have no idea where you heard this from but it’s not correct. If this was the case then DWP would be owing people thousands. 

    Its only possible for a claim to be backdated from the date you started your claim, providing you aren’t transferring from DLA.


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