If a person does not satisfy the conditions of entitlement on the date of claim but it appears that, unless his/her circumstances change, s/he will meet the conditions from some date within the next three months then the claim can be treated as made on that future date.12 If someone is not entitled to income-related ESA at the date of claim only because their income is too high but would become entitled were a component added (ie, because the addition of the component to her/his applicable amount would mean her/his income was then less than this amount) then s/he can be awarded ESA from the start of the 14th week of when s/he would have been entitled had her/his income not initially been too high.13 All claims for ESA (contributory and income-related) can be backdated for three months from the date on which the claim is made.14No extra conditions for backdating need to be satisfied. Claiming the wrong benefit A written claim must be made on the approved form except: A maternity allowance claim form can be treated (either instead or in addition) as for ESA (and vice versa);15 Claims for income support on grounds of disability, incapacity benefit and severe disability allowance will be treated as claim forms for ESA unless the claimant would be entitled to the benefit for which the form is intended under the transitional rules (see Bulletin 206, p6). On he calls the DWP office and says he would like to claim ESA. He has not heard anything by 10 June so he sends a letter.
On 29 June he receives an ESA claim form in the post.
A claim for ESA can be made by a telephone call 4to 08 (8am to 6pm Monday to Friday) or textphone 08 unless the decision maker directs it must be made in writing.However, you can be paid for an earlier period in certain circumstances. The Government is gradually introducing universal credit, a new benefit which will eventually replace tax credits, and some other social security benefits.Universal credit is being introduced geographically and in areas where the full (digital) service is available, it may no longer be possible to make a new claim for tax credits.Use keywords or the search function to find more recent material on this topic.The date you are paid tax credits from is usually the date HMRC receive your claim form – this is your date of claim.