We can backdate your claim up to three months if you can show 'good cause' for not claiming earlier. 'Good cause' could be if
- you were ill and nobody could claim for you
- you were in hospital
- you were waiting for a decision on another benefit
- you did not understand you could claim - perhaps because of age, inexperience, language problems, or difficulty understanding technical documents
- you could not manage your own affairs
- a close relative died
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