If you applied for Carer's Allowance after you thought you may have qualified for it, you may be entitled to have the payment backdated in certain cases.
Also, you may request a review of your application or award if you:
- failed to apply because you got incorrect or insufficient information from an officer of this Department,
- delayed applying due to a 'force majeure' - a major event or situation that made it impossible for you to apply at the time,
- delayed because you were sick, or
- experienced extreme financial difficulties that you could not clear from your current funds or from a combination of your current funds and any arrears of the Carer's Allowance paid to you.
We cannot backdate Carer's Allowance because you were not aware of the payment when you started caring duties.
When requesting a review of the date of your application, you must show that both you and the person being cared for met the conditions for Carer's Allowance over the period in question. The onus of proof is on you, the applicant.
A Deciding Officer carries out a review, but you can appeal their decision to the Chief Appeals Officer.