This means you can get your payment back-dated to the time that you became entitled to it or for least six months before you made your claim, whichever is the lower.To get the time limit extended you must have a for not making your claim within the time limit.There is little information about what is a good reason but if you were sick or in hospital this might well be considered as a good reason for not making your claim on time.Generally, the fact that you did not know that you were entitled to a payment is not considered to be a good reason for not making your claim on time.For example, in the case of Jobseeker's Benefit you must claim on the day that you become eligible and in the case of State Pension (Contributory) you can claim up to 3 months before and 3 months after you reach the age of 66.You should claim a payment as soon as you think you might be entitled to it.
There are generally time limits within which you must make your claim.
The time limits for making a claim vary from one payment to another.
The time limits are generally quite short for short-term payments and are longer for long-term pensions.
The following social welfare schemes can be backdated if you have a good reason for your late claim: Invalidity Pension is backdated up to 6 months or to the date of your claim, whichever is the lower, without having to show a good reason for the delay in making your claim.
Dear Sir or Madam, Please provide me with all internal guidance notes and other documentatation (including correspondence with the Home Office) relating to the backdating of Child Benefit claims following the HSMP Forum Ltd judicial review.