Reasons for backdating job seekers allowance
If you need help in finding out more about your rights and the options available to you, do consider contacting a local independent advice organisation.
Explain that you feel you are eligible to backdate your claim and state this information clearly on your application form.They will usually be able to offer free advice and support, and help to answer any questions you have.Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) is an unemployment benefit paid by the Government of the United Kingdom to people who are unemployed and actively seeking work.The number was originally provided on a card; if you have this, bring it, or if not, you can find the number on an old payslip.You will need to provide evidence of your identity such as a birth certificate, passport or driving license, as well as proof of your current residence, such as a utility bill or bank statement. You will need to provide this no later than one month from the date that you start your claim.
DWP guidance on backdating has the full list of circumstances that can lead to backdating.