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Hello... I wonder if anyone can help with this, please?

I'm writing on behalf of a friend who applied to DWP for pension credit way back in June.

 

For some reason, DWP took a very long time (6 months!) to come to a decision... they have finally decided that he is entitled to PC of around £80 per week, and that it will be backdated.

 

Does this mean he will get the full 6 months PC, or do they have a limit on the amount they will refund?

 

I think I saw somewhere that no matter how much they owe you, they limit it to 3 months back pay... or am I wrong?

 

Thanks in advance for any help, Theda.

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No, they will backdate to the day he made the application, or the day his entitlement started (whichever is later).

 

The three months rule applies only in cases where the claimant is asking for backdating prior to the date of application.


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Many thanks, I will pass that on.

 

The Claimant received £400 only, (instead of the amount he had expected, which was around £2,000), so he will need to take that up with DWP, I guess.

 

Regards, Theda.

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When I had a backdated benefits payment,it arrived in instalments. Maybe this is the case with your friend.

 

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Hi HB... Yes... it's been going on for ages and literally like trying to get blood out of a stone. First they offered £9 per week, and when he argued that amoint, they increased it to £19 per week.

Then he appealed their decision, and they finally said he was entitled to about £88 per week!

I think the £400 is probably the amount of £19 backdated to June.

They certainly make things very confusing & he is lucky to have family wo have supported him all this time.

Many thanks for the help... I'll report back if and when he eventually gets it sorted out.

 

Regards, Theda.

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usual that they send it out like that as there is a max amount for any one cheque/cash warrant. I had envelopes stuffed full of small amounts when they paid me £8k arrears some years ago.

Many thanks, I will pass that on.

 

The Claimant received £400 only, (instead of the amount he had expected, which was around £2,000), so he will need to take that up with DWP, I guess.

 

Regards, Theda.

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usual that they send it out like that as there is a max amount for any one cheque/cash warrant. I had envelopes stuffed full of small amounts when they paid me £8k arrears some years ago.

 

They don't send cheques anymore, tends to be BACS


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Yeah... gets paid straight into bank account now... well that's promising... hopefully he should get the rest at some point, then.

 

I will report backif and when it's sorted.

 

Many thanks for the very helpful posts. Theda.

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