3 month time limit for backdating

06 Jan

The absolute time limit of three months for claiming retirement pension was introduced in April 1997 as part of the rationalisation of time limits for all benefits undertaken at that time.

Before this date there were a large number of different rules and time periods for the backdating of the claims for different benefits.

It is therefore very important that you contact as soon as you want to claim.

Get your claim form or letter to us as soon as possible because it affects the date your benefit claim will start from.

See also Part 9, Chapter 1 of Social Welfare Consolidation Act 2005. 142 of 2007) as amended – Articles 179 to 191 and SI 695 of 2006.

The date your claim will start depends on how and when you claim HB or CTS.

For HB and CTS we normally start your claim from the Monday after you first made contact with us or the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), but only if you return a properly completed claim form within one month of us issuing it.

A person seeking to make a claim is responsible for ensuring that the appropriate application form has been completed and is accompanied by all supporting evidence specified.

As neither the term ‘appropriate form’ nor ‘necessary supporting evidence’ have been clearly defined, the relevant office of the Department for Social Development (DSD), NIHE or HMRC will specify the form which is to be used for each benefit and what supporting evidence is required.