Yes, an application for Carer's Benefit can be backdated for up to eight weeks after you have started caring. However, it may be backdated further in certain situations, for example:
- if you failed to apply because you received incorrect or insufficient information from this Department,
- if the delay in applying was due to a 'force majeure', an event that made it impossible for you to apply on time, or
- if the delay occurred because you were sick.
We cannot backdate Carer's Benefit because you were not aware of the payment when you started caring duties.