Is it possible to be backdated carers allowance for a point before I applied?

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I have only recently applied for carers allowance and have had the letter alerting me that I am eligible for it. I care for my mum and have since July 2016 and have not been working. I was wondering if anyone knows if I would be entitled to get money backdated to a point before I applied?

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    Hi,

    It can normally in certain circumstances be back dated for 3 months BUT this is only if someone is waiting for a decision on their DLA/PIP. You say you've had the letter since July last year? Is there any reason why you didn't apply back then? They wouldn't back date it that far and i wouldn't be surprised if they didn't allow 3 months back date. You were allerted that you could claim but didn't and therefore it's your fault you didn't apply, but you can ask as there's no harm in that. Good luck.

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      Thanks for the reply. The thing is, my mum has been on PIP for over a year, but I started caring for her in July. I've only recently applied as I never knew about it beforehand. I wasn't aware of these sorts of things which was the reason as to why I hadn't applied.

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      The most you can hope for is back pay of 3 months. Whether they'll allow it for you is another thing. Good luck.

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      Just trying to find out as much information as I can, so thank you for your help.

      And I've been getting Universal credit (basically JSA)

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