The date of your claim will usually be the date the form is received or the date you call the enquiry line (if you return the claim pack within 6 weeks).Use the attendance allowance claim form to apply by post.It is up to you to show that you had good cause throughout the whole period you are asking for backdating for.It does not have to be the same reason throughout the period.The form comes with notes telling you how to fill it in and where to send it.You can also get a copy of the form from the Attendance Allowance helpline.The Court of Appeal has recommended a general test which the council should apply when considering good cause: "some fact which, having regard to all the circumstances (including the claimant's health and the information which he had received and that which he might have obtained) would probably have caused a reasonable person of his age and experience to act (or fail to act) as the claimant did." Some factors which the council will take into account when applying this test are: These are only a few of the more common factors the council will look at when deciding if good cause is shown.Remember you must show good cause for the whole period you wish your benefit backdated for.
Alternatively, write a letter and send it along with the claim form.
The general rule is that your entitlement to benefit will start the Monday following the day your claim was received by the council.
There are regulations which allow us to award benefit before this date and one of these is known as backdating.
Any gap in good cause will mean your benefit will not be backdated.
You must apply in writing to the council to have your benefit backdated and your request should include the following: Remember, the council will only backdate your benefit up to 6 months from the date you ask for backdating, not necessarily from the date you put your claim form in.Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Call the Attendance Allowance helpline to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.