To qualify for JSA, you (and your partner) must usually work less than 24 hours a week and must have £16,000 or less in savings. You do not need to provide a reason for making your claim later than you could have done.
By contrast, if you want to claim backdated Jobseekers’ Allowance, you have to have particular reasons such as having language difficulties, or having been given wrong advice which made you think you weren’t entitled to any money.
You can ask for a “written statement of reasons” to be sent to you, detailing the reasons for the decision.
To appeal decisions made after 28 October 2013, you must first contact the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in writing or by telephone to ask them to explain the decision you disagree with.
You will have to explain why you are claiming backdated Jobseekers’ Allowance on your claim form. In certain circumstances, you may face a civil penalty or prosecution if you knowingly took benefits you were not entitled to.
If the benefit provider has made a mistake in calculating your entitlement, they will usually get in touch with you to inform you of this.
The start date of your Housing and Council Tax Benefit: If we receive your Housing and Council Tax Benefit claim within one month of your claim for State Benefits, your date of claim will be the first day you were entitled to that State Benefit.
Accordingly your Housing and Council Tax Benefit will start from the following Monday.
This gap in ESA payment during the mandatory reconsideration period cannot be avoided. Working tax credits are for people on a low income.
However, at this stage you may be entitled to other benefits instead. To be eligible you must be over 16 and ordinarily live in the UK.