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I am about to apply for JSA, and would like advice about one aspect.

Until Nov 24 2012, I was claiming Sickness benefit (ESA?) and decided to try and return to work.

I didn`t apply for Job Seekers Allowance, I sold my car to fund looking for a job.

As yet I have still to find employment, and so am in the process of applying.


In the form, there is a question that asks if you wish to claim from a previous date, which I do.


Before I submit this question, can someone please tell me what this might entail.

If, in asking for a backpayment, it requires days/weeks of questions, and proof, I fear it

may not be worth persuing.


In summary, what is the usual response from the Gov/Benefit office, when a previous registering date

is requested?


Many thanks



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If you request backdating, they'll give you a specific form that's a couple of pages long. Basically it asks you why you didn't claim earlier and to confirm that you were indeed available for and seeking employment.


It's not a whole lot of hassle really, but if your only reason for not applying was that you chose to live on your own resources, I'd say it's unlikely backdating would be accepted.




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Backdating is looked at in two seperate areas, forstly he laboutr market conditions and showing written evidence of what steps you took to find employment, jobs applied for etc, then secondly the BC look at the Claims and Payments Regulations to determine if payment can be issued, however the C&P regs are set and you eiter qualify or you don't. You will be asked why you delayed making a claim and based on your OP your reasons would not be accepted.

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