Hi all, Wondering if someone can help.. I received a letter a week ago telling me my daughter has been awarded DLA so I called tax credits to let them know. The letter from DLA saids it's from 12th May that she's entitled.. Is the the "award date" that tax credits back date too or do they backdate it to when I got the letter/rang them?
Be careful if you're claiming housing benefit though. They class the additional tax credits as income and can forget there's a disabled child allowance. It can sometimes make you worse off if you get the extra tax credits.
I claimed a couple of years ago and they cut mine when ds was awarded the disabled child TC bit. I also ended up paying full (75% single person) council tax, so I was worse off. I called the council to complain as it seemed very unfair, and they said it was because the extra TC was 'income' and that they 'give with one hand and take with the other'
They paid £163.21 into my account last night too. I called to update my details on Tuesday, so I was assuming it was this although she said they would go down as I earn more this year than I did last year I haven't received their notice award yet.
Sometimes they do put bits in at a time. You could call and ask, if you can get through. I think mine was backdated to when I sent in the DLA form but it's been a while and I may be wrong.
It depends on what time you call them. I called at 08:30 on Tuesday and got through after 10 mins. It was a change of circumstances though but the lady I spoke to did the renewal too. Maybe leave it until the 1st?
Im really worried I thought tax credits will backdate for dla claims but after calling a few times was told by tax credits that it only happens sometimes and theres no guarentees. I have a dla claim for my child and worried I wont get backdate even though I told them the day I found out. Xx