Can I apply for Carer's Benefit if I have already started caring?


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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.

Note:
We cannot backdate Carer's Benefit because you were not aware of the payment when you started caring duties.

Last modified:24/09/2014
 

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