As my local Council have already suspended my Housing Benefit & Council Tax Benefit, I phoned the Rent Service/Team to keep them up to date with how my ESA (Employment & Support Allowance – 6th Claim) is progressing. I told “T” that my GP spoke to the DWP today, then my GP phoned me, and is issuing me with a new backdated Medical Certificate for my new ESA (6th claim). When I receive the Med Cert, I will send it to the DWP, then my ESA (6th) will be backdated, & then Housing Benefit & Council Tax Benefit (which have been suspended) will be restarted. “T” said she’ll speak to her manager, & put me on hold for several minutes. “T” then said Housing Benefit will only be backdated for up to 4 weeks! So I need to get Med Cert in quickly to DWP to get ESA (6th) started, & take DWP award letter to my local Council’s Benefits Service.
“T” said 4 week HB backdating limit has been imposed since 1st April 2016.
“T” said my HB & CTB were suspended on 19th Sept 2016, so I must supply DWP ESA (6th) benefit award letter before 19th October 2016, as HB & CTB will only backdate entitlement up to 4 weeks (in my case from 19th Sept 2016).”T” said when I’ve received Med Cert, I can phone my local Council’s Benefits Service to keep them updated, then I must send Med Cert to DWP ASAP!
[Total call duration 34 minutes]