You must specifically request that your Carer's Allowance claim is backdated, and you must have satisfied all the rules for claiming Carer's Allowance during the backdating period.You can also challenge a decision not to backdate Carer's Allowance if your request is refused.You can make a complaint about a delay you experience.
If you're refused an interim payment, you can't appeal to a tribunal, but you may be able to apply for judicial review of the decision.
Carer's Allowance is paid into a bank or building society account either weekly in advance or every four weeks.
If you don't receive your benefit payment when you would normally expect it, contact the Carer's Allowance Unit to find out whether payment has been lost, delayed or suspended.
You can still make the claim for Carer's Allowance, but should think carefully about the implications before you do.
Getting Carer's Allowance can mean you're entitled to, or can get more, top-up benefits.